Thinking About God’s Sustaining Care

“If I make a model, or a cupboard, or a computer, I do not need to keep sustaining their existence, because once I have built them, they stay there unless something destroys them— they have an existence that is independent of their maker. But if I make a sound, like singing a note, the sound stops as soon as I stop making it. The sound, in fact, only exists because of its relationship with me, and has no existence of its own. The universe is like that. If God stopped sustaining it, it would have no basis to continue being there.” -Andrew Wilson, Incomparable

Expand Your Vision

“when you pray for ‘daily bread’ you are praying for everything that contributes to your having and enjoying your daily bread. . . . You must open up and expand your thinking, so that it reaches not only as far as the flour bin and baking oven but also out over the broad fields, the farmlands, and the entire country that produces, processes, and conveys to us our daily bread and all kinds of nourishment.” -Martin Luther, Larger Catechism

God in the Flux

“The flow of history, so often to us a meaningless flux of actors, activities, movements and conflicts, is actually a closely guarded arena of divine purposes: the Lord is there in the flux, making sure that each event is in the right place at the right time, each ‘actor’ appears on cue, everything is perfectly integrated into the divine scheme, nothing intrusive retards or deflects the divine plan.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Coincidence or Providence?

“Although Arianna Huffington called it “coincidence” rather than providence, she spoke of her delight in discovering the “magic power” of seeing things “come together.” She said, “I’ve always had a deep love of the mysteries of coincidence and how they can give us tiny glimpses of the structure of the universe—or even a glimpse into the fact that there’s a structure at all.”4 Huffington went on to speak of the benefits of rejecting the idea that “we live isolated and alienated in an indifferent universe”5 and (remember to substitute divine providence for her “coincidence” in this quotation): “People who notice coincidences most tend to be more confident and at ease with life. Every coincidence they experience—even the minor ones—confirms their optimism.”6 If Huffington could draw such optimism from coincidences, shouldn’t the Christian believer be able to draw much more from observing providence under God’s sovereign control?” -David Murray, The Happy Christian