How Big Is Your God?

I love to theologize (spell checker didn’t like that one).  One of the things about God that has always captured my mind is his providence.  God’s providence is how we grab a hold of God’s continuing work and action in the world preserving, maintaining, and guiding his creation with respect to his intended purposes.

I was recently taking in lecture by Dr. Michael Williams at Covenant Theological Seminary (Lecture #22 – available for free via Covenant Worldwide).
I was greatly helped by Dr. Williams’ attention placed on the purpose of Scripture’s emphasis on God’s providence:

“The purpose of this kind of language is not meant to deny God’s holiness and His justice.  Nor is the purpose of this language meant to give us a nice, neat, tidy, rational explanation of reality.  The purpose of biblical testimony to God’s plan is to comfort us that God is in control and that we do not live in a world that is in chaos.”

I was further helped by Dr. Williams’ breakdown of God’s involvement with sin in which he laid out and supported:

  1. God is not the author of sin.  Under certain circumstances…
  2. God can and does “prevent” sin.
  3. God can and does “permit” sin.
  4. God can and does “direct” (in a redemptive way) sin.
  5. God can and does “limit” sin.

Good stuff.  Check out the lecture for yourself.  It’s Lecture 22 in the set.

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~ by toddbumgarner on November 26, 2008 5:15 am.

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