The Providence Of God, Evans Olang

imageJeremiah 32:6-8, “6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it. ” 8 ’ Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.”

In our times many people equate God’s invention in lives by great signs, wonders and miracles. If God is not perfoming these things then perhaps we are not experiencing God’s abundant blessing as some may want us to believe.

This is no different from the Israelites who lived on the verge of miracles. They only rejoiced when they saw God do something extraoridanry, spectacular, supernatural. This how they tested God’s provision. They looked ahead at specific things they asked for, but rarely looked back to see God’s providence in their day to day lives.

Why should we value providence more than miracles? Because providence is the means by and through which we learn that God governs all things in the universe. It is the protective care of God. The doctrine of divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. This includes the universe as a whole (Psalm 103:19), the physical world (Matthew 5:45), the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), human birth and destiny (Galatians 1:15), human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8). This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate. Your life and its affairs are governed by God’s providence. Acts 17:28, “for in Him we live and move and have our being…”

The providence of God is rarely preached, much emphasies are on the miracles of God which in my judgement are often very temporal. Our call is not to live on the verge of miracles even though we need them but on the realm of blessings when we understand that God governs all.

We see God’s providence with Jeremiah. God tells him to a buy a parcel of land for the right price despite being in jail. The land he is to buy would also be taken by the Chaldeans as they go into exile. You and I would question the wisdom in making that move. It is clear they were going away with no sign of them coming back and even if they did, how would he recover his land or even a better question, what guarantees he would still be alive then? While we question the wisdom of this move, Jeremiah gladly did when he understood it was of the Lord. This was to encourage them that Lord in His providence would sustain them in exile as they went through a pruning process. And the Lord would bring them back and restore what they had lost.

God provided the finances, the land, the wisdom, the encouragement and Jeremiah in response extoled God’s great name “‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”, Jeremiah 32:17.

God governs every aspect of our lives we enjoy, it comes from Him. The strength to wake up and go to work, ability to drive and stay on the right lane, to obey, to manage family affairs, finances, assets, wisdom to start things, make right choices, plan for retirement, have investements and the list goes on, these are all God’s providence for us. “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God”, Ecclessistes 2:24.

For those consumed with pursuit of miracles, have you done an inventory as a whole to see God’s providence in your life? It is good to manage even our worldly affairs in faith; to do common business with reference to the providence and promise of God the same way Jeremiah did. We constantly need to be reminded that God is ever present in the details. Blessings Ev

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