For Reflection: February 12, 2017

Heidelberg Catechism Question 27:

What do you understand by the providence of God?

God’s providence is his almighty and ever present power, whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures and so governs them that

leaf and blade
rain and drought
fruitful and barren years
food and drink
health and sickness
riches and poverty

indeed, all things, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.

Question 28:

What good does it benefit us to know that God has created all things and still upholds them by his providence?

We can be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and with a view to the future we can have a firm confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from his love; for all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.

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An “impersonal” God – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth, and goodness, inside our own heads – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approachingย at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He has found us?

CS Lewis,ย Miracles

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