All Things From His Fatherly Hand

To know that God is in control of everything, even the minutia of life, is one of the most comforting truths to the Christian’s heart.

One of my favorite statements on God’s providence came in the 16th century. Question 27 in The Heidelberg Catechism says this,  “Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance, but from his fatherly hand.”

It’s a beautiful statement, but so hard for us to believe.

More than likely, there is something you’re facing in life right now that you are allowing to worry you. That something is not causing you to worry, you are allowing that something to worry you. Instead of you experiencing the confidence and comfort that comes through walking in the strength of God’s providence, you are being mastered and manipulated by the false belief that you must bear this load yourself. The truth of God’s providence is not alive to your heart. When you lose the reality of God’s providence in daily living, you will instinctively believe in the lie of your own providence. You will live as if you’re the captain of your own destiny, that for life to work is completely up to you. Whenever you live that way, you will foolishly attempt to pick up the weight of providence–a weight only God can bear. When you try to bear God’s load for him, you will find that your strength will fail every time. It manifests itself in loss of energy, diminished joy, increased anger, apathy in relationship with God and others, and in many other ways. Jesus lovingly teaches us another way, “Do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matt.6:34)

Today and everyday, Jesus invites you to take up his easy yoke, to walk in the lightness of his load, to live within the rest of God’s providence. If you were to share in that reality, then you could face the job loss, the diagnosis, and the phone call in the middle of the night with faith and hope. His good word to you today, “I am working all things together for good, for those who are called according to my purpose.” (Rom.8:28)

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