Divine Providence

One of the most comforting doctrines in the Christian faith is the doctrine of Divine Providence.  The old catechism states that “God’s works of providence are His most holy , wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures, and all their actions.”  Scripture says:  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

And we are given a picture what believing in God’s providence produces in a person in the words of the apostle Paul:  “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philip. 4:11-13)

The Second London Confession states many things about providence, but here is just a sample:

The most wise, righteous, and gracious God, doth oftentimes, leave for a season his own children to manifold temptations, and the corruptions of their own heart, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and to raise them to a more close, and constant dependence for their support, upon himself; and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for other just and holy ends. So that whatsoever befalls any of his elect is by his appointment, for his glory, and their good.  (From the Second London Confession 1689, Ch.5, ¶ 5)

So, you see the Divine Providence directly impacts how one sees God and life and life’s circumstances.  The Christian Faith confesses that God is in control and that He loves us and will provide what we need for our good and His ultimate glory.


Select Sermons on Divine Providence:

  1. The Duty of Meditation of God’s Providence in Perilous Times