Trusting in God’s Providence in a Time of Turmoil

It doesn’t take a genius to see that our country is in a time of great turmoil. I’m nearly 70 years old and although I’ve walked through stormy times, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like the last 6 months and especially the last couple weeks.

In any case, I thought it would be a good time to remind myself (and you?) about God’s providence…a comforting doctrine in times of great uncertainty and fear.

My favorite definition of “providence” is from the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), questions 27-28. Let me encourage you to read them over and let their truths seep deeply into your souls and bring you comfort.

Q 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.

Did you get that? The men who crafted this confession weren’t living in cushie-ville, untouched by deep adversity. The political climate of their day was anything but stable and they knew they could find themselves alternately welcomed or banished at any time. But this is what they believed: Everything comes to us by God’s fatherly hand. No matter what comes, or where it seems like it comes from, it’s ultimately from His hand. Considering how powerful that hand is, we might be terrified.

But that’s where the truth that his hand is also a loving fatherly hand comforts us.

How do we know? We know because His fatherly hand is a hand that has known suffering. Remember, “for God so loved that He gave…?” He knows what it is to suffer. And he’s right there with his children in our times of trial.

Here’s their next question and answer:

Q 28: What 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 and that all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.

Notice the verbs in their answer: patient, thankful, confident. How can that happen? It can only happen when we believe that “all creatures” are in his hand and that He’s a faithful God who is also our loving Father.

Patient. Thankful. Confident.
All creatures.
In His hand.
We can be patient, thankful, and confident because all creatures, including each of us, are in His hand. And nothing can separate us from His love or move us outside of His will. And what is His will? His will is to love us as a Good Father and to give us only what is best for our soul.
Sisters and brothers, find comfort in His providence today. No matter what the day may bring you are ultimately in the hands of a loving Father and nothing can separate you from Him.
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7 Replies to “Trusting in God’s Providence in a Time of Turmoil”

  1. Loved the 3 words: patience, thankfulness, and confidence! Also love the words to this chorus: Well, I’ve never seen a rainbow, until after the rain. I’ve never seen His healing power, until after the pain. And, I’ve never seen a sunrise, until after the night. I’ve never seen the victory, until after the fight. God will never leave us, nor forsake us. He is sovereign. Thanks for this much-needed reminder for this day and hour.

  2. My small group is about to start your book “Because He Loves Me” & so because I am the table leader, I started reading the book today & your blog. I love how clearly you put all that you write & I am really looking forward to getting back to the basics of the gospel & reminding myself & others of God’s great love. Thank you for your insight & for sharing your knowledge.

    1. Thanks Debbie. The gospel message is simply amazing…and gets more and more amazing the longer I think about it. Let me know how it goes…

  3. Thank you, Elyse, for this reminder…Q. 26 is helpful as well…Currently we are in the path of hurricane Irma with friends up and down the west coast of FL who will be directly hit. All a bit scared. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But we know Who holds tomorrow and we know we’re in His hand. Hunkering down. patient. thankful. confident.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. Be safe. I love, “And will also turn to my good whatever adversity he sends me in this life of sorrow. He is able to do so as Almighty God, and willing also as Faithful Father.” We’re praying for you.

      26. Q.
      What do you believe when you say:
      I believe in God the Father almighty,
      Creator of heaven and earth?
      That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
      who out of nothing created heaven and earth
      and all that is in them, 1
      and who still upholds and governs them
      by his eternal counsel and providence, 2
      is, for the sake of Christ his Son,
      my God and my Father. 3
      In him I trust so completely
      as to have no doubt
      that he will provide me
      with all things necessary for body and soul, 4
      and will also turn to my good
      whatever adversity he sends me
      in this life of sorrow. 5
      He is able to do so as almighty God, 6
      and willing also as a faithful Father. 7

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