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Freedom in Providence

On a vacation I was able to visit another church. During this time, I met a man named Charles (I’ve changed his name for privacy). As we shared a meal after the service, Charles opened up about his recent "drilling-down" as he termed it, into theology.


Our conversation eventually touched upon the profound and heartwarming topic of God’s providence.



You might be thinking, “Oh boy, another discussion about the providence of God…” But stick with me—this story is worth your time.


Charles recounted his experiences growing up in a large denomination where seeking specific guidance from God on each & every aspect of life was the norm. People would frequently ask questions like, “Who should I marry?”, “What job should I take?”, “What church should I attend?”, and even down to, “What food should I order?”


The quest for divine direction often leads to paralysis in decision-making for many, as they await clear signs from God. Others, convinced they have received direct messages from God, sometimes made poor and even sinful decisions, believing them to be divinely sanctioned. In his words, "No one could challenge these decisions because they were perceived as direct commands from God."


It is my view, however, that scripture offers a different perspective. And what Charles eventually found was comfort and confidence in God’s word and wisdom.


While I do believe that it is indeed beneficial to pray about as many things as we can; especially in the areas of our relationships, career paths, etc. I believe there to be an untapped resource in so many of our lives... His Holy Spirit's leading, and the instruction of His holy scripture.


Instead of seeking direct, unmediated divine guidance, Charles (and myself) believes we can turn to the Scriptures, seek biblical counsel, and make prayerful, principled decisions. We can trust that God, in His infinite wisdom, will providentially care for us.


What freedom this brings! No longer agonizing and arriving at a state of paralysis over decisions but taking comfort in knowing that God Himself is guiding our life.


We can cling to the promises like Romans 8:28:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for us brings immense joy. We have the freedom to make biblical choices, confident that He watches over us.


When our decisions align with His word, we can move forward with assurance.


We do not need to be paralyzed by fear of the unknown. Our sovereign Father, who created all things, upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures. Our Lord is over all things, from the greatest to the least, by His most wise and holy providence.


Instead of prying into "the secret will of God", our blessing is to rest in who He is, what He does, and what He has revealed to us.


This trust in His providence frees us to live confidently and joyfully, knowing that He is always in control.

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