The following articles are related to the topic of PROVIDENCE

God’s Providential Use of Nations

As informed Bible students have observed so many times in the past, the providential activity of God is beyond human analysis. I sometimes refer to it as a provable-nonprovable proposition. This is what I mean: the Lord's providential operations are certain; for, in principle, Bible examples demonstrating such are very clear. The experiences of Joseph are sufficient within themselves to ... read more »

Nehemiah 2:8 – Providence

The ways of divine providence are difficult to fathom. The reason for this is that in providence God is operating "behind the scenes." Unlike a miracle, providence is not a physically demonstrable proposition. We know that our Maker operates providentially only because the Scriptures plainly teach this concept. There are many clear cases of Heaven's providential activity in the Scriptures ... read more »

A Study of Divine Providence

The religious world is an environment of extremism. Some allege, for example, that if God does exist, he has no contact at all with humanity. He is a disinterested, distant deity. This philosophy is known as deism. Others, by way of contrast, assert that virtually every activity of Deity is a miracle. Miracles, they allege, are occurring in abundance everyday. ... read more »

Esther 4:14 & 6:1 – Esther and Divine Providence

There may be no clearer example of divine providence in the Bible than the case of the Jewish girl, Esther, who became queen of Persia and was God's instrument in the preservation of her nation. Esther was one of the Jews who lived in Babylon (then under the control of Persia) as a part of the remnant who remained in ... read more »

Separated from My Mother’s Womb

In his epistle to the churches of Galatia, quite obviously Paul was combating a Judaistic element in these congregations (most likely those he and Barnabas had established on that first missionary campaign - Acts 13:4-14:26). In the opening segment of the letter, Paul makes a defense of his apostolic authority (1:11-2:21). Within this section, the apostle contended that "God...separated me, ... read more »

An Amazing Text of Prophecy and Providence

It is a remarkable passage -packed with prophetic hints of things in the future, buttressed with divine obligation, and overflowing with faith-building encouragement. In its most expanded form, the text is found in the book of Exodus as follows: "Three times in the year all of your males shall appear before the Lord Jehovah, the God of Israel. For I ... read more »

Philippians 1:16 – Providence and Persecution

The real quality of a Christian is not seen when times are ideal; rather, when the going is rough - then a person's true character is revealed. When Paul pens the letter to the saints in Philippi, he is imprisoned in Rome - a two-year incarceration (Acts 28:30; Philippians 1:13, 17). Great affliction was his (4:14), compounded by the fact ... read more »

Galatians 4:4-5 – The Fullness of Time

In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul affirms that the Son of God came to this earth at just the right time in the divine scheme of things. He expresses the thought like this: "But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law" (4:4). For centuries this ... read more »

Exodus 3:22 – The Israelites Leave Egypt

As the Israelite people prepared to leave the land of Egypt, Moses charged: "But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians" (Ex. 3:22, KJV). There ... read more »

All Things Work Together for Good: Controversy or Comfort?

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 (Romans 8:28 KJV). This passage is surely one of the most precious to the child of God, fondly embraced in times of trial. And yet, it appears to be seriously misunderstood by many-in a host ... read more »