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Monday, 27 April 2015

The God of Providence

There have been around 700 pageviews of the posts on this Blog mentioning the structure failure of the West Stand at Windsor Park, football stadium. Even the Nolan Show have been in touch about it!

These Blog posts highlighted the fact that God does indeed intervene in this world by His overruling providence. At times that overruling providence is designed to teach men the folly of their defiance of God. 

Louis Berkhof, in his Systematic Theology, outlines, with supporting Scripture references, eleven areas of life over which God's Providence extends. They are:

1. The universe at large: 
Psalm 103:19: The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Daniel 4:35: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Ephesians 1:11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will
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2. The physical world:
Job 37:5,10: God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.…By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
Psalm 104:14: He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
Matthew 5:45: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust
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3. The animal creation:
Psalm 104:21,28: The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God…That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. 
Matthew 6:26; Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father
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4. The affairs of nations: 
Job 12:23: He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
Psalm 22:28: For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
Psalm 66:7: He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
Acts 17:26: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.

5. Man’s birth and lot in life: 
1 Samuel 16:1: And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
Psalm 139:16: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Isaiah 45:5: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Galatians 1:15,16: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood
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6. The outward successes and failures of men’s lives:
Psalm 75:6,7: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Luke 1:52: He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.


7.  Things seemingly accidental or insignificant: 
Proverbs 16:33: The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
Matthew 10:30: But the very hairs of your head are all numbered
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8. The protection of the righteous: 
Psalm 4:8: I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 5:12: For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Psalm 63:8: My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psalm 121:3: He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose
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9. Supplying the wants of God’s people: 
Genesis 22:8,14: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.… And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
Deuteronomy 8:3: And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
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10. Giving answers to prayer: 
1 Samuel 1:19: And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
Isaiah 20:5,6: And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory. And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
2 Chronicles 33:13: And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
Psalm 65:2: O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Luke 18:7,8: And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

11. The exposure and punishment of the wicked:
Psalm 7:12,13: If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Psalm 11:6: Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup
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