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Providence: The Promise of Good

Providence, refers to God’s seeing what we need before we need it—and then providing for that need.
Romans 8:28 is the key verse today.

Certainly God Loves Us
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
God has granted us “precious and very great promises” 2 Peter 1:4
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

We Know” Romans 8:28
Many of us have experiences that validate this promise.
Romans 8:28 does not say that God made me get sick, be in a car accident, or lose that job. Bad things happen for a variety of reasons.
“Time and chance happen to them all” Ecclesiastes 9:11

For Those Who Love God
God has “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” 2 Timothy 1:9
Romans 8:28 is not a promise, therefore, that everything always works out great for everybody. It is a specific promise of something God does for His faithful children.

All Things
These words immediately precede a panoramic description of redemption from God’s perspective: Read verses 28-30
Nothing that can happen to a faithful child of God is beyond the power of God to cause or to produce a blessing. So I believe that we can apply “all things” to “all things.”

Work Together
It may take a comprehensive view of many events over several years to see clearly how things have worked together for good.
Patience is great, it is a virtue. We need to learn to wait and see what the Lord has in store for us. Certainly it will all work together for us.

For Good
What we might define as good and what God might define as good may not always be the same. We might be thinking of what is good in the short run, whereas God might be working toward our eternal good.
Romans 8:28 is a promise made by a God “who never lies” (Titus 1:2). He will fulfill it.
This verse makes sense, but only to those who are called according to His purpose.
Summary:
When calamity somehow turns out to bring unexpected blessing, we can “perhaps” attribute it to the providence of God. But whatever may be true in an individual instance, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good” Romans 8:28

This verse makes sense, but ONLY to those who are called according to His purpose.  While all are called, not everyone will receive the free gift of Grace.  When we answer the call, we become one who receives this great Promise of Good.