The providence of God as preservation means that God maintains the creation he brought into existence. Providence as government means that God is actively engaged in achieving his purposes in his creation and that sin cannot thwart those purposes. While prayer does not change God, it brings the Christian in line with God’s purposes, thus enabling God to accomplish those purposes. God does choose on occasion to counteract the natural law to fulfill his purposes; this occurs in a miracle. For the believer, God is ever present and active in caring for him or her.
- Why is providence important to a doctrine of God?
- What two aspects of providence are important to Christian understanding, and how are they presented in Scripture?
- What is the extent of God’s governing activity?
- What are the ways in which God relates to sin?
- Why is there concern over the role of prayer?
- How are miracles related to the providence of God?