When reading a history book, my son was surprised to learn that Adolf
Hitler claimed that his rise to power in 1933 was as a result of 'Divine
Providence'. This got me thinking. Many non-Christians talk about
'miracles', 'angels' and things that were 'meant to be'. As Christians we
wince at these false claims of divine approval; particularly when they
suggest God condones sinful acts.
But have we Christians gone too far the other way, in not ascribing
enough to God? When was the last time you heard a Christian describe
an outcome as 'Providential'? (Providence is God's hand upon His
people for good through the circumstances of life.)
As His children we are the apple of God's eye (Psalm 17:8, Zechariah
2:8). We are never out of His care (Psalm 23). Romans 8:28 tells us that
He arranges everything (everything!) in our lives for our benefit and
good, even those things that at first glance don't look good at all.
How can God take something bad and turn it around for our good?
(a) Because He is God. ('Is there anything too hard for me?' God
pointedly asks Jeremiah (Jer 32:27)). And
(b) Because He loves us. This means that we, His children, can rely
upon Him in every situation to have our best interests at heart.
And that, my friends, is both a comforting and a challenging thought.