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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 10

April 8, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"God's providence is His sovereignty for us.... For many Christians, coming to grips with God's all-encompassing providence requires a massive shift in how they look at the world. It requires changing our vantage point - from seeing the cosmos as a place where man rules and God responds, to beholding a universe where God creates and constantly controls with sovereign love and providential power." - Kevin DeYoung, The Good News We Almost Forgot, 59.

 

Question 27: What do you understand by the providence of God?

Answer: Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which He upholds, as with His hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty - all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from His fatherly hand.

 

Question 28: How does the knowledge of God's creation and providence help us?

Answer: We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from His love. All creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they can neither move nor be moved. 

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