God’s Providence is always good.
God’s Providence is always good.
As we continue the topic on God’s Providence. Another important thing we need to note when studying God’s Providence is: God’s Providence is always good, but we may not always understand his ways.
We see only a very small portion of the picture, a small portion of our situation not the complete situation. We can look at a number of examples in the Bible. God was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, saving them from the fiery furnace. God was with Job as he scratched his sores with a broken piece of pottery in the midst of the city dump, after he had lost all that he had, all of his financial resources, all of his children. As he was sitting in the city dump, three of his faithful friends came to visit him. They sat there for seven days without saying a word. Then they began to speak.
Their words were no comfort to Job: Job 16:2 (ESV) 2 “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all. They would have been much better comfort to Job if they had just remained silent.
After much debate with his friends, and as God speaks to him from the whirlwind, Job realized that he had learned a great deal from his adversity and about God’s Providence. Job 42:1–6 (ESV) 1 Then Job answered the Lord and said: 2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job told God that after all of his adversities he could now see God at work in his life.
The writer of Hebrews named a number of individuals and the great things they accomplished by obedient faith – Hebrews 11 the Hall of Fame of faith. Then he listed a number of others without specifying their victories – Hebrews 11:32-35. It is obvious that God was with each of them, even though their names were not listed. Many times, in our life we forget about others. The Hebrew writer did not – Hebrews 11:35-38.
Hebrews 11:35–38 (ESV) 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Sometimes we must be reminded that God was with them. As we read Hebrews 11:39-40 even in death, torture and imprisonment, God was providing a blessing. They would receive their blessing in the future. We may not be able to recognize all the providential actions of God that are apparent until after this life is over.
Nebuchadnezzar was about to throw three young Hebrews into the fiery furnace they had an enormous amount of faith. These 3 young men responded to Nebuchadnezzar: Daniel 3:17–18 (ESV) 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
When we can confidently say: “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us”. And realize that we are being delivered by God’s Providence we will be victors either way.