Providence

Providence

Word of the day from the Lord directly!

“Literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God’s” preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God’s providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; “Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26;” “10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov.” “21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam.” 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to “the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14,” “15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam.” “16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their” “good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal.” 5:22-25). “As regards sinful actions of men, they are represented as occurring by God’s permission (Gen. 45:5; 50:20. Comp. 1 Sam. “6:6; Ex. 7:13; 14:17; Acts 2:3; 3:18; 4:27, 28), and as” controlled (Ps. 76:10) and overruled for good (Gen. 50:20; Acts “3:13). God does not cause or approve of sin, but only limits,” “restrains, overrules it for good.” “The mode of God’s providential government is altogether unexplained. We only know that it is a fact that God does govern all his creatures and all their actions; that this government is “universal (Ps. 103:17-19), particular (Matt. 10:29-31),” “efficacious (Ps. 33:11; Job 23:13), embraces events apparently” “contingent (Prov. 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his” “own perfection (2 Tim. 2:13), and to his own glory (Rom. 9:17;” 11:36).

Source


Acts 24:2

And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,


Let’s map out a little word study of “Providence.”

Providence of God

The word “providence” comes from the Latin providentia (Gk. pronoia [provnoia]) and means essentially foresight or making provision beforehand. On the human plane it may be used positively, as when Tertullus praised Felix by saying, “Your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation” ( Acts 24:2 ).

For a deeper dive into the word “pronoia” go here.


Prayer:

Father God, I come before you to give all praise and glory to you for your strength, peace and provision.  Above all for your son, Jesus Christ, our Savior!  I lift up all my brothers and sisters in the Lord and ask for their protection, peace, provision and boldness, to be covered in the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ.  I humbly ask for new employment for myself and other family members with health insurance.  My trust and belief is in you Father and thank you for your provision.  I lift up Israel and ask for their peace and protection.  My brothers and sisters around the globe who suffer to the point of death for the namesake of Jesus Christ our Savior for their peace and strength and your protection.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


 

 

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