God's Providence

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Question
What do theologians mean by the providence of God?
Answer
Well, the word "providence" comes from a Latin word, you know, pro video, which means to see ahead. But in theology it means more than just seeing ahead. It means to ordain and govern everything that's occurring in history. So, when we talk about the decree of God from all eternity, it usually breaks out into two categories: creation and providence. So, God has made all things and then he sustains and governs all things, and it includes everything. Every blade of grass, every star, every meteor, everything that ever happened in space and time, God is sovereignly in control of it, and he does it according to his own wise, loving counsel.

Answer by Dr. Sanders L. Willson

Rev. Sanders L. Willson is Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.