Saturday, October 1, 2016

What Is God's Providence?

Where do we draw the lines on what God's providence is and what it isn't?

Unlike God's sovereignty, holiness, love and mystery, God's providence has something of a PR branding problem. It lacks a clear, compelling, and widely known and accepted definition. 

That doesn't mean, however, that down through the centuries biblical scholars and theologians haven't given clear definitions. On a popular level, the closest terms I've identified so far are goodness and guidance. 

Many scholars prefer to focus on the macro level of God's providence, even though many believers want to know and experience God's providence in personal, specific and tangible ways. 

So, again, Where do you draw the lines? I hope to have a much better answer in coming weeks!

I've posted a quick snapshot of my preliminary research results here:

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