Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Blessing of Providence

Due to some of my reading and preparing last week to preach on Psalm 97, I have been contemplating the blessing of the doctrine of providence, the comfort of truly knowing that God is in control. This doctrine is the root of hope, and thus joy. It is the basis of courage and perseverance as can be seen in the lives of many who have gone before us. Sadly, too often, the truth of God’s sovereignty is considered only as an abstract idea, often one to debate. Of course, we need to think about and wrestle with doctrine, but we must also live doctrine; and, this doctrine is truly one for living.

“The LORD reigns let the earth rejoice!” (Psalm 97:1)

This is the truth animating the end of Romans 8. This is why we have the confidence of Rom 8:28 that indeed all things will work together for good for those who love God and are called by Him. This is why nothing can separate us from His love. This is why the Psalmist regularly rejoices- indeed boasts- in the sovereignty of God.

This quote reflecting on Rom 8:28 has ministered to me this week:
“The truth is that all things, including the fruit of your own blunders and stupidity, sinfulness and ignorance, including the things we cry to God for deliverance from (as Paul did in 2 Corinthians 12:8), work together for good to those who love God” (Leith Samuel).

Praise the LORD! Because of Christ there is therefore now no condemnation on me (Rom 8:1)! Indeed, even the fruit of my stupidity and sin (quite a bumper crop!) will be caused by God my Father, the Almighty, to work together for my good. Can there be greater news than this? Do I now have cause to rejoice and to persevere regardless of what befalls me?


AspiringTheologian said...

Very good to keep in mind in light of the so-called "economic crisis." In the last presidential debate one of the candidates said of the crisis that people might be having to "go out to eat less often" or "put off buying that new car." Have we reached the point where we really consider that such a great loss? God has been merciful and good to us - His providence has blessed us with far more than we deserve.

We should not lose heart but rather have faith in the sovereign providence of God.

Anonymous said...

I was raised poor in a poor part of the country. When I think over my life, the people who I considered to be godly were in many cases financially poor. One thing I noticed is that these people many times were like the widow with two mites, they gave what they had. I'll admit that I hate to see people do without the essentials. However, having to live frugally and wisely and depend upon the Lord can be such a blessing.