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Providence & Sovereignty

August 26, 2008

If, in the providence of God, we are wise and industrious, and if, in His sovereignty, God gives us fair play, we will win.

If we are foolish and lazy we will lose in providence and should expect no better.

The providence of God is open wide to us.  In it we can, and should, make the most of what God has given us.

But, in God’s sovereignty the victory and recognition do not always go to those who have worked hard, or to the swift, the strong, the wise, the prepared, those we deem deserving or even to the righteous.  To us, this is not right.

We want, and expect and think that God is, and should be, a rewarder of persons.  We believe that if we do our part then God will do what we think His part ought to be.  We expect to get something from God because of our effort, faithfulness and obedience and that others will be justly rewarded for theirs.  To us this would be righteous.  We think all things should be equal and even.

A sovereign God is hard to take and what Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21) is far from our hearts and minds.  Proof that we don’t concur with God in this is the focus on, and human assessment of, what is called success.  Job proved himself immensely righteous and comforted in the sovereignty of God when he blessed God even though, from a human perspective, his loss was completely unjust.

If, either for my sins or by the blessing of God, I suffer misery and affliction I will be happy if I bear them, but only if I do not question God’s providence nor fight against His sovereignty.

To ask “Why, God?” is to question His providence.  It is impossible to fight against the sovereignty of God and win.

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