Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I’m teaching from the book of Esther on Sunday mornings at the church I pastor. The theme of the series is the providence of God. Divine providence is how God works behind the scenes to orchestrate His purposes in the world. I’m not referring to miracles here, as divine providence has to do with how God uses natural means to coordinate the infinite variety of factors necessary to accomplish what He wants. But I want to suggest that divine providence is a miracle too.
Think about the vast scope and endless outworking of providence, if you will. God draws together billions of circumstances, which some call coincidence, to achieve His will each day. As a Christ follower, trust in God’s providence is one of the greatest exercises of faith we can have.
Paul wholeheartedly trusted in the providence of God regardless of the challenges he experienced [Philippians 4.11]. And here’s what Joseph said about the providence of God, “You [his brothers] meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” [Genesis 50.20].
We, too, will be better prepared for life, and what God teaches us through circumstances both good and bad, if we have a basic understanding of divine providence. Only then can we fully realize and apply the truth that God is daily working everything out for our good and His glory.
That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8.28 (The MESSAGE Paraphrase)