God’s Providence Makes Us Thankful, Confident, and Humble
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
How does God exercise His providence specially for the sake of His children?
God works all things together for the good of His children and the glory of His name. Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
This Truth Makes
God’s plans are all about God, not you. You are only a part of God’s plans, but what a privilege to be even a part! Psalm 84:10 – For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Either you can submit to the truth that God’s plans are more important than yours, or you can try to resist that truth and make your own plans against His will.
God’s providence should produce three positive responses in our hearts:
1. Confidence – We can trust God to watch over us and provide for all our needs. Matthew 10:29-31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
2. Thankfulness – We should give thanks in all circumstances, knowing that God is accomplishing His plans, which work together for His glory and our good. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
3. Humility – We ought to be humbled, because we cannot possibly understand how God is working in and through all things to carry out His plans. We should live humble lives before God and all His people.1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, allof you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.