Providence not just in big things, but daily things

We’ve been talking about providence—that we are upheld and guided by God’s invisible hand.

Today I encourage you to think about how this is true not only with respect to big things like global movements or world wars, but the little day-to-day details of our lives. 

Consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:29-31: “Yet not one of [the sparrows] will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

I went for a walk with my dog yesterday. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. These verses from Matthew 10 came to mind. Not one of the birds falls to the ground outside of our Father’s will. With respect to the hairs on your head, do you even know how many you have? Probably not. But God does.

Some people picture God as a deity who is not only distant but disinterested. They think he set the world in motion but then took a step back to watch it all unfold ‘come what may.’

But that is the furthest thing from the truth.

The Lord is active and engaged—not only in the big things, but in the daily things. The Bible repeatedly describes God as compassionate and loving. That simply wouldn’t be true if he acted like a cold and distant relative who was locked away in a different stratosphere.

-Cooperate with God as he upholds you and guides you at school, work or in retirement.
-Cooperate with God as he upholds you and guides you in your relationships and conversations.
-Cooperate with God as he upholds you and guides when you get priorities.
-Cooperate with God as he upholds you and guides you as you navigate tears, hardship and uncertainty.

God is good—not only because he is great, but because he is close.

Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.


–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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