Lord’s Day 10 is my new favorite thing. Here it is for you to love as well:
LORD’S DAY 10
Q. 27. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love. All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.
Q. 28.How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
A. The almighty and ever-present power of God whereby he still upholds, as it were by his own hand, heaven and earth together with all creatures, and rules in such a way that leaves and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and unfruitful years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, and everything else, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.
Keep in mind that I’m reading this as part of my special favorite book – super selected excerpts to follow:
Bits from the book that really enable us to ‘get it’:
“God’s providence is His sovereignty for us….Providence is nothing more than a belief in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, brought to bear on our present blessings and troubles and buoying our hope into the future…”
“Every Economic downturn, every phone call in the middle of the night, every oncology report has been sent to us from the God who sees all things, plans all things, and loves us more than we know. Whether it means the end of suffering or the extension of suffering, God in His providence is for us and not against us. Providence is for our comfort.”