The Basis for Providence
Since we are convinced from the Bible that God is the all-powerful Creator and Sovereign of the Universe, then it is necessary that this same Lord preserves and governs everything in the universe. The Bible declares that God is creator and sovereign over all.
- Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
- Psalm 89:12 and 47 “Thou has created them…created the sons of man”.
- 1 Timothy 6:15 “Only Sovereign, King of Kings and Lord of Lords”.
The Bible declares He is sustainer and preserver of everything in the universe.
- Acts 17:28 ”For in Him we live and move and exist…”
- Hebrews 1:3 ”And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”
Definition of Providence
Providence as a word is not found in the Bible. Providence as a concept and reality is taught everywhere in the Bible.
Wayne Grudem in Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine gives this definition for providence. “God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them (2) cooperated with created things in every action, directing their distinct properties to cause them to act as they do, and (3) directs them to fulfill His purposes.”
The doctrine of God’s providence teaches us that God is always at work in His creation by giving His universe the properties that keep the universe going and fulfilling the purposes for which all things were created.
What are the Benefit(s) of the Doctrine of Providence for the Believer?
I consider this doctrine the safety net doctrine of the Bible. The universe and all that it contains—including my life—is sustained and cared for by the loving Creator. Just as he provides food for the birds of the air, so he provides all that I need to exist. All created beings; both animals and humans are provided with all that is necessary for life from the providential decrees of God.
This means that my life is not subject to chance, fate or luck. All that happens to me is the result of God’s perfect plan. We agree with Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
(This post was written by Warren Coe, Executive Director, Village Schools of the Bible.)