Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trusting Divine Providence

"Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word,  but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit."  (Mark 4: 18 - 19).

The lure of riches:  Why are we tempted to acquire more riches than we need?
#1 Lack of faith that God will provide our necessities when we need them.
#2  We hoard riches in order to beat the the designs of God's Providence. 

God's gracious will is that there will be times and seasons in life for all creation. This Order in Creation, that is, Times and Seasons is threatening to many people. They would like to change it.  If they can, the world will have only spring time, always sunny, always full heath, purse always full of gold coins, etc, etc. This is ridiculous.

A man may have all the money in the world and store up all the food and drinks he can, but illness that is beyond his control will prevent him from enjoying that food.
So we see that Divine Providence is always in control.

"I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all."  (Ecclesiastes 9: 11).

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