a confidence

We find in Psalms 91 and 121 a confidence in God’s goodness, provision, and protection that in many ways reminds us of Jesus’ teaching about the birds and the flowers (Matthew 6:25-29).

God has from the beginning, from all eternity, had an inclusive plan encompassing all of reality and extending even to the minor details of life. “The Lord works out everything for his own ends – even the wicked for a day of disaster.” (Proverbs 16:4; Job 38:4; Isaiah 40:12; Jeremiah 10:12-13)

Even what is ordinarily thought of as an occurrence of chance, such as the casting of lots, is represented as the Lord’s doing (Proverbs 16:33).

Nothing can deter or frustrate the accomplishment of his purpose. Nothing.

Jesus affirmed that God had planned not only the large, complex events, such as the fall and destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 21), but details as well, such as the apostasy of and betrayal of Judas and the faithfulness of the remaining disciples (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 17)

It is in Paul’s writings that the divine plan, according to which everything comes to pass, is made most explicit (I Corinthians 12:11-18; 15:38; Colossians 1:15-23)

A confidence in God’s goodness.

His provision.

His protection.

His plan.

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