Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, February 2021
The February issue of Tabletalk features an overview of the doctrine of the providence of God. In generations past, Christians had a good understanding of the providence of God, referring regularly to the Lord’s overarching control of all things and wise governance of whatsoever comes to pass. Since the Enlightenment, however, there has been a steady decline in believers’ awareness of the providence of God. Confusion regarding how the Lord works out His plan in history has led many people to embrace a kind of fatalism, believing that God’s sovereign providence means their actions and decisions have no value. Others have embraced the opposite extreme, believing that the success of God’s plan depends on their efforts, resulting in much anxiety and a loss of trust in the Lord. Frequently, even Christians live as practical atheists, not considering that the Lord is involved in every detail of our lives. Lacking a good understanding of God’s providence, many believers have an incomplete or inaccurate view of God’s relationship to sin and evil, believing Him to be a passive observer of wickedness or the author of sin. This issue of Tabletalk seeks to help Christians develop a better biblical and theological understanding of the providence of God, showing how this doctrine applies practically and offers us assurance in every aspect of life.
- In the Providence of God by Burk Parsons
- God’s Providence Revealed in Scripture by Robert Rothwell
- God’s Providence Summarized in The Westminster Confession by John Tweeddale
- God’s Providence Applied in Our Lives by Joel Beeke
- Dying to Sin and Living to Righteousness by Mark Johnston
- Wives of Elders by Iver Martin
- The Law as Restrainer by Caleb Cangelosi
- God’s Global Work by J.D. Bridges
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