Encouragement for your daily walk with God
One of the most important things a Christ follower can do is trust in the providence of God. It is the best way to be prepared for, and cope with the adversities of life. What is the providence of God? One commentator said it this way: Providence is how God orchestrates, through natural means and processes, all that is necessary to accomplish His purposes in the world.
Providence is the most frequent way God interacts in the course of human events. There is another way, of course, and that is through direct miracles. But miracles are very rare. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen anyone walk on water lately! But throughout the course of history, God has consistently used His providence to orchestrate the infinite variety of factors to accomplish His perfect will.
Think about it for just a moment. God draws together billions and billions of details to achieve His purposes each and every day. Quite frankly, I think that is a greater miracle than a one-time supernatural occurrence. Let me say it this way: Belief in the providence of God is one of the greatest exercises of faith a Christ follower can have. And as an added bonus, it is a major factor in our preparedness and peace of mind as we encounter the hardships of life.
Paul declared his trust in the providence of God when he wrote to the Philippian Christ followers, “I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” [Philippians 4:11].
Joseph also stated his confidence in the providence of God when he said, “You [my brothers] intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” [Genesis 50:20].
If we trust God’s providential control of everything, we will be better prepared for what He teaches us through the highs and lows of life.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28