I’ve been considering ‘providence’ recently. It’s not a word used much outside religious circles, it encompasses “the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe.”
When we watch the evening news and contemplate one disaster or atrocity after another, it seems like a step of faith to assert that God is in complete control of all things.
Yet his word assures us that he is sovereign over the universe as a whole (Psalm 103:19), over the physical world (Matthew 5:45), over the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), over human destiny (Galatians 1:15), over human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and for the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8).
Humankind received from our creator the ultimate gift of freewill, but we’ve inflicted a terrible cost upon one another by our constant misuse of that freedom.
But the wonderful truth is that God himself, in the person of Jesus, has paid that cost by his death upon the cross – and he has never withdrawn the free will that God gifted to humanity.
Our experience supports what the Bible promises. Every prayer answered. Every saint willing to take a risk for God. Every unexpected kindness. Points back to the providential care of God, sustaining and empowering both love and forgiveness in a sin-darkened world.
‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (John 8:12)