March 25, 2017
- By Ed Powell
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"The very hairs of your head are numbered." Matthew 10:30
We acknowledge the providence of God without difficulty, but when we apply the same principle of faith to specifics, we find discrepancies within the framework of our faith. This is incompatible. Your faith must stand true in every measure of testing as to the providence of God. Its foundation must be our concept of the majesty of God, "Who He is" in all of His greatness. The Psalmist said, "His greatness is unsearchable, beyond understanding, fathomless. His knowledge, who can know it."
Let me ask you, "How great is your God?" When David meditated upon the vast expanse of God's creation, the fathomless might and power of God, that by Him all things were created, consist, and are held together, he cried out, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" When we have the right concept of His majesty, is there anything we might encounter that He does not have full control and authority over, that He cannot enable us to be more than conquerors?
Consider the providence of God in the life of Moses. He was left in the bulrushes of the water, found by the King's daughter, brought up and trained in royalty, but chosen of God "in His providence" to lead His people out of bondage to Canaan.
Consider Job, subjected to the scourging of Satan himself, enduring the suffering as no other man, yet how greatly his happiness was increased after his affliction. Often the loss of our temporal happiness will be more than counterbalanced by our spiritual prosperity. Consider Joseph, despised by his brothers, thrown into a pit to die, sold to foreigners, falsely accused, imprisoned, BUT GOD, in "His divine providence," was preparing him to reign second only to the king, and to be the instrument to save his family.
The finite limitation of our "sight" creates the problem. We need to walk more by faith and less by sight, more by our trust in an Almighty God than leaning upon the faulty understanding of our own mind. Jesus said to Martha, "Said I not unto thee, that if thou would believe, you should see the glory of God?"
We would do well to heed the words of Isaiah: "Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of his servant, that walks in darkness and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God" (Isaiah 50:10). Oh that we might learn in the providence of God, His wisdom, His power, His love, His faithfulness, as we observe the "ways of God, which are past finding out." This was the experience of the widow of Zarephath when her son was raised from death. She exclaimed to Elijah, "Now I KNOW that His Word is true!" Or as Job, "I have heard thee by the hearing of the ear, but NOW mine eye sees thee."
David said after emerging out of temporal affliction, "Many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." The knowledge we have of God and Christ is mere "theory" until we have learned the same by our own personal experience. When our faith is confirmed by actual experience, then it is as convincing as sight itself.
See His hand in everything, guiding us in His loving, providential care for our good and His glory, that in all things He might be magnified and we might be "conformed unto His image." "Is there anything He cannot do for him that believes?"
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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