Question and answer 26 presents a definition of “providence of God.” Simply put, it is the “almighty and everywhere present power of God” whereby all things without exception are under His direction. He, who has created all things, must continue to “uphold and govern” all of this to serve His sovereign purpose: the glory of His Name in the way of gathering His people to everlasting glory and life. It is especially comforting to know and believe that this is all done by His “fatherly” hand.
Some, who claim to believe that God created all things, also claim that God subsequently withdrew from that creation. Creation now continues on its own. Those called “Deists” insist that what now takes place is a matter of chance. The universe and history itself could evolve in a myriad of different ways.
The evolutionist neither recognizes creationism, nor will he acknowledge that there is “providence.” He scoffs at the idea that there is direction and purpose in all things that exist. He denies that there is necessarily a God who must sustain and govern all things, whether it be the stars in their courses or the smallest of creatures which live on the earth. He would insist that if there were a Supreme Power directing all things, He would not allow the devastating things which occur on the earth: earthquakes, floods, fires, which destroy vast sections of the land. Surely a “Supreme Power” would not allow for wars and diseases.
The Christian confesses that the Almighty Creator also reveals in all things that He sustains and directs everything. Acts 17:24-26, “…(He) hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation….” He counts the number of stars (Ps. 147:4). And we read in Acts 14:17 that God gives witness of Himself in that He gives rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons.
We see God as both Creator and the God of Providence. These two truths are inseparably connected. If this were not true (and then the Bible lies), we would be of all creatures most miserable.
But the Christian has confidence and assurance, not merely in some “Supreme Being,” but in the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of all things who is our Father for Jesus’ sake.
Van Baren, Gise J.
Rev. G. Van Baren (Wife: Clara)
Ordained: October, 1956
Pastorates: Doon, IA - 1956; Randolph, WI - 1962; First, Grand Rapids, MI - 1965; Hudsonville, MI - 1977; Loveland, CO - 1994
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