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Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Dr. Ernest Easley
Today from 1 Corinthians 10 .. we begin the last part of our series of messages under the heading:
The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
We began by looking at some of the "If's" of the Bible, which pointed us to The Promises of God. More often than not, when God makes a promise to us, it is conditional. God says to us, "If we will do this, than He will do that."
And then we looked at some of the "Ands" of the Bible, which pointed us to The Provisions of God. And beginning today .. our focus shifts to the "Buts" of the Bible, which point us to The Providence of God.
The "If's" God's Promises! The "Ands" God's Provisions! The "Buts" God's Providence!
So when we talk about "providence" what are we talking about? Well .. we're NOT talking about Providence, the capitol of Rhode Island! Actually, the word "providence" speaks of preparation in advance; divine direction, divine activity; those things only God can do!
When we talk about "the providence of God," we're talking about the behind the scenes activity of God in our lives. We're talking about how God is working behind the scenes of our lives for His glory and for our good.
Here's what the providence of God means for us: not only does God have our back, He is our front! I am abundantly grateful for God's activity in my life. Not only for His activity in the past and for His activity in the present .. but for His activity in the future. I'm grateful that He not only has my back, but that He has my front!
Paul speaks of God's providence in Ephesians 1.11, "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will."
It's because of God's providence that we can REST, not FRET, in any and all our circumstances. It's because of God's providence that we can TRUST, not FEAR, ...
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