1355 providence

1355 providence

The continuing and often unseen activity of God in sustaining his universe, providing for the needs of every creature, and preparing for the completion of his eternal purposes.

God’s general providence

God sustains the created order Ge 8:22 A promise given by God to all peoples. See also Ne 9:6; Isa 40:26; Col 1:17; Heb 1:3

All life is dependent on God 1Ti 6:13 See also 1Sa 1:27; Job 1:21; Ps 127:3; Ecc 3:2; Ecc 9:9; Eze 24:16; Da 5:26; Mt 4:4; Mt 10:29

God controls the elements Ps 147:8 See also Job 37:1-13; Ps 29:3-9; Ps 135:6-7; Mt 5:45; Ac 17:25-28

God provides for the created world Ps 145:15-16 See also Job 38:39-41; Ps 104:27-28; Ps 136:25; Ps 147:9; Lk 12:6-7; Ac 14:17; 1Ti 6:17

God’s providence through miraculous means

Job 5:9-10 God’s regular activity in providing for human beings is regarded as being miraculous in just the same way as special demonstrations of his power. See also Ex 16:11-14; Nu 16:28-35; Jdg 15:18-19; 1Ki 17:5-6; 2Ki 4:42-44

God’s providence in human history

God’s control of human intentions Hab 1:12 See also 1Ki 22:19-20; 2Ki 19:27-28 pp Isa 37:28-29; Isa 10:15; Hab 1:6

God’s providential actions on behalf of individuals Ro 8:28 See also Job 1:12; Job 2:6; Ps 107:12-14,24-29,33-38; Isa 38:17

God’s saving purposes fulfilled through providence Ge 50:20 See also Ge 22:13; Ge 45:5-8; 2Ch 36:22-23 pp Ezr 1:1-3; Ezr 6:14; Isa 44:28-45:1; Ac 2:23; Ac 4:27-28; Gal 4:4-5

God’s providence prepares for the completion of his ultimate purpose

God is forming a people for himself Rev 21:3 See also Ex 6:7; Jer 31:33; 2Co 6:16; Eph 2:14-16; 1Pe 1:3-5; Rev 7:9

God will bring all things under Jesus Christ’s authority Eph 1:9-10 See also Isa 45:22-23; Isa 66:23; 1Co 15:24-26; Php 2:10-11; Col 1:20; Rev 11:15

God will complete his purpose for creation Ro 8:20-21 See also Isa 65:17; Isa 66:22; 2Pe 3:13; Rev 21:1

God directs all things for his glory Ro 11:36 See also Ps 46:10; Ro 9:23; Ro 11:36; Eph 1:4-6,11-12

See also

1130God, sovereignty
1330God, the provider
1416miracles
4007creation and God
4015life
4065orderliness
4854weather, God’s sovereignty
4969seasons
8261generosity, God’s
8409decision-making & providence

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