Church Message

God’s Providence is Awesome!
By Pastor Stuppy
CHURCH DIRECTORY

Church message imageChurch sponsors may16Provisions – it is an interesting word. One definition for this term given by Webster’s dictionary is "a supply of food and other things that are needed.” Putting up provisions means calculating what we will need down the road which is a calculated guess on our part. When God provides it is not a guess since he can see what’s coming down the road and prepare for it.

Provisions, provide and related words are based on two Latin words – pro and video. Pro means ‘ahead of time,’ ‘before,’ or ‘in advance.’ Video is a word we know. In Latin it means "I see.” "Providence” means more than "taking care of someone or something.” It literally means to "see before hand,’ "foresight,” or "to see in advance.”

The Old Testament believer Job uses it when expressing his appreciation to God for what he had done for Job. "You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (Job 10:12).

A good way to think about providence is to go back to the days of the Old West stagecoaches which ran from town to town a hundred years ago. If the path, which the stagecoach had to travel was particularly dangerous (an area known to harbor thieves), the driver would not be alone. Next to him on the seat would sit a man riding "shotgun.” He was a lookout and armed with a shotgun.

While the passengers inside read a book, talked to one another, or took a nap, and while the driver was focused on the horses and the road, the man with the shotgun kept his focus on horizon, and wherever thieves and other dangers might hide. If someone or something threatened to harm the passengers, the man riding shotgun would go to work to defend them and keep them as safe as possible.

In the same way, the God who created us is able to watch and look ahead for us to provide protection and everything else we need. The big difference between us and God is that we can only anticipate what is coming and react to it when it comes. God is able to look ahead in time – to tomorrow, next week, and down through the years to see the challenges and dangers that you and I will need to meet.

Our comfort is that long before we realize the things we need to meet our needs, physical and spiritual, the Lord has already planned for them. All this is part of God’s providence.

God provides for our daily needs. He causes the sun to shine, rain to fall, seasons to arrive in an ongoing succession. He made the promise, "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease" (Gen 8:22 NIV). What a comfort when so many are afraid of what’s in store for the world in which we live.

God does much more. He blesses us with children, unites us in marriage, provides us with leaders and others in authority for the sake of a peaceful society. He uses medicines, treatments, and medical personel to heal us and restore health through natural means. At other times, such healings come with no explanations and can certainly be called miracles.

Above all else, God in his providence, has given us a Savior who suffered and died in our place for the forgiveness of sins and salvation to all who believe.

 





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