Our Providential God

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In hard times, people fear what is going to happen to them next. How are they going to live without jobs or with low paying jobs? Should they be taught to fish or have someone give them fish? If people give them fish, what happens to their self esteem and their sense of accomplishment, if that matters anymore? Will they take advantage of the fish giver to take time to get a better job?

Maybe it is time for people to seek the one who will provide for them, but not just hand them what they need and want. Who can help them get work and teach them to succeed? There are laws of success, some well known to those who would want to know and the higher laws not very well known.

How can we succeed, even in bad times?

The One who people should seek and ways they should follow provide everything for life and life more abundantly; He is the One who provided all for all in the creation. Why people do not have enough has to do with people who would rather worship the dollar, power and influence, but God will provide even with evil people dominating.

The Secret Laws of Success

These laws of success even include the most obvious ones at the worst times: work hard at consequential labor like planting food and harvesting crops, making clothes for people to wear, building houses for people and businesses, are some very obvious examples. People always need food, clothing, shelter and transportation, and particularly in times of stress, people should stress their basic needs. There will be time for other kinds of work in times of prosperity. God wants people to prosper according the way He created Earth according to His Laws as the basis for success.

In all, first things first, that is, putting God above all else: fads, society, pagan festivals, money, power, wealth, position, self centeredness, and self will.

Deut. 5:29 ‘Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!

Ex. 23:22 “But if you truly obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

Abraham put all else aside except devotion to the One God. He did have some trouble accepting God’s timetable and way of having a son, but he changed and proved it. He learned that children must always come from a husband and wife according to God’s Way.

Gen. 22:14 Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”

Before God would be able to help Israel enslaved in Egypt, He waited until they cried out to Him, the Creator, not some other god, to save them because He could not hear any other pleas.

Ex. 2:24 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Because the children of the children of Israel adhered to God’s Way, He provided for them in a dramatic way and led them to the Promised Land, which would provide much for them. However, those who did not trust Him died before their believe children entered the land.

Deut. 2:7 “For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”’

Deut. 4:40 “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.

Deut. 8:3 “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Deut. 8:18 “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deut. 12:28 ¶ “Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.

Josh. 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

2Sam. 7:8 “Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.

Why choose a different Way when God shall provide all manner of success for keeping those very Commandments built into the creation?

Deut. 28:2 “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:
Deut. 28:3 ¶ “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Deut. 28:4 ¶ “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.
Deut. 28:5 ¶ “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Deut. 28:6 ¶ “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Deut. 28:7 ¶ “The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.
Deut. 28:8 “The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
Deut. 28:9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
Deut. 28:10 “So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.
Deut. 28:11 “The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
Deut. 28:12 “The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Deut. 28:13 “The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully,

Deut. 30:15 ¶ “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;
Deut. 30:16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
Deut. 30:17 “But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them,
Deut. 30:18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it.
Deut. 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,
Deut. 30:20 by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

A virtually unknown law that God uses to bring His Providence is the Law of tithing. One such example, is a religious group that always tithed. Everyone knows the story. When their crops were attacked by locusts, sea gulls from hundreds of miles away flew into the clouds of the locusts and had themselves a fine meal and saved the fields of the tithers.

Notice part of the next verse talks about the “windows of heaven” from where the gulls came out of.

Mal. 3:10 Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.

While the godly may have some problems of various kinds, God wants to give them opportunity to benefit from adversity. Just as the trainer builds the skills of the athlete by adversity, so does God.

Rom. 8:28 ¶ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

God will provide the things necessary for life — food, clothing, shelter and transportation — and He will insist that all people be given an opportunity to learn and know of Him from His special people.

Noah began to walk the trail leading to God’s ultimate providence. Because Noah walked with God, He told him to build the ark, which eventually led to a re-population of a baptized Earth. Not only did Noah save his family, but he also brought an opportunity for many others to receive God’s providence. Noah made it possible for all humans that came from him to get rain in due season, in other words be able to live with all its challenges, joys and opportunities.

Gen. 7:1 ¶ Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.

God sent Abram from kin and kith into the forthcoming promised land.

Gen. 12:1  ¶ Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;

They shut Joseph up in prison for several years, not days. Without that happening to him, he would never have gotten the attention of the Pharaoh to save Egypt from the seven years of drought.

Acts 7:9 ¶ “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him.

Gen. 41:1 ¶ Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.
Gen. 41:14 ¶ Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.
Gen. 41:15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
Gen. 41:16 Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Israel spent hundreds of years in virtual slavery before God freed them to give them the opportunity to walk in His Way. In other words, God expects the people who receive His providence to earn it by slogging through some difficult times before being blessed. People need to know where their allegiance lies: with God or with money, pride, power and/or demons. If God can purify them, His providence will extend far beyond their “wildest imaginations.”

Ex. 12:40 ¶ Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.
Ex. 12:42 It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.

Noah, Abraham, Moses and the others followed God’s Way in such a powerful way that God used them to extend His providence to many people. God works with people to teach them about Him and His Way (e.g., the Commandments), who in turn teach other by Word and example. God reveals Himself to these special people and to all people through them.

While it is easy to say these people gained fame and fortune by keeping God’s Word, the actual events in their lives moved them toward God’s goal, was and is not so easy. Noah spent years building a boat in front of many detractors. Abraham did not just get a promised son, but had to wait a long time when Sarah was out of time (to have a child) to have his son, whom God told Abraham to sacrifice.

Once God completed His spreading of His Word and Way from the elemental to the complex, He then encouraged people to walk the Way in difficult times, physical problems and onerous hardships.

Gen. 45:5 “Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Gen. 45:6 “For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
Gen. 45:7 “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

Another powerful example of how keeping God’s Commandments brings His providence is in marriage. God created people in His image, and He created them male and female to have that monogamous relationship with one another. Research into which groups are successful in these trouble times today emphasizes that married couples are. The report shows the successful have college degrees, have far fewer divorces, have fewer illegitimacies or adulterous relationships than the less successful. Additionally, God just does not bring His providence to them because they refuse to walk in His Way. Obviously, God wants people to keep all His Ways, but good marriages and hard work bring their own successes, if not complete success.

Psa. 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
Psa. 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
Psa. 23:3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psa. 23:4 ¶ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Deut. 32:11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
Deut. 32:12 “The LORD alone guided him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
Deut. 32:13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he ate the produce of the field;
And He made him suck honey from the rock,
And oil from the flinty rock,
Deut. 32:14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat—
And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.

The more people decide to walk the walk and walk in the Way, the more their lives exhibit God’s providence toward them.

Amen,

Gil Kovacs

Sabbath Christian Church

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