• Sovereign Over Good

    James 1:16-17

    Our great God does only what is good, and He is the source of every joy in our lives. Think on some of the greatest joys you have experienced and thank the Lord for bringing them to pass. Remember that ...Read More

  • Flowing Together

    Genesis 50:15–21

    The doctrine of concurrence tells us that both God and human beings make things happen according to their respective places in God’s decree. The actions of both parties are essential in their prescribed way. This means that we cannot be ...Read More

  • Things That Fall Out Contingently

    Jeremiah 18:1–10

    We cannot know in advance what God has decreed, but we do know the conditions for blessing and cursing He has revealed in His Word. We should pay heed to those conditions, knowing that if we trust in Him, we ...Read More

  • Things That Fall Out Freely

    Isaiah 10:5–7

    Human beings always do what they most want to do in a given situation. God’s sovereignty over our decisions is not such that He forces us to act against our wills. No one can stand before God and say “You ...Read More

  • Things That Fall Out Necessarily

    Secondary causes that operate necessarily are the reason why we can do science, predict the weather, and know when to plant and harvest our food. They are God’s good gifts that make life possible, and He works through them to ...Read More

  • Providential Working Through Miracles

    2 Kings 6:1–7

    Because God is sovereign over His creation and can direct it to whatever ends He desires, we can be confident that He can answer our prayers. Though God in His sovereignty retains the right to say yes or no to ...Read More

  • Providential Governance Of Small Things

    Proverbs 16:33

    Knowing that God sovereignly determines even “random” events should give us pause. The unexpected flat tire that delays us on the way to work is not unexpected from God’s perspective. Who knows? Perhaps God ordained the flat tire so that ...Read More

  • Providential Governance Of Big Things

    Acts 17:26–27a

    Scripture frequently condemns empires for thinking that they come to power through their own efforts (Isa. 10:5–19). Nations do not rise and fall by their own design but succeed and fail only according to the Lord’s will. We should therefore ...Read More

  • Providence And Common Grace

    Matthew 5:45b

    Many people rail against the Lord, believing that they deserve a better life than the one they have received. God’s common grace, however, reminds us that as creatures we are undeserving even of our very existence. May that lead us ...Read More

  • Providential Preservation

    Nehemiah 9:6

    Martin Luther writes in his Large Catechism that whatever “is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God”; thus, “it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for it without ...Read More

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