Sunday, March 9, 2014

Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 10

~~Providence

Lord’s Day 10

27. What do you understand by the providence of
God?

The almighty, everywhere-present power of God,[1]
whereby, as it were by His hand, He still upholds
heaven and earth with all creatures,[2] and so
governs them that herbs and grass, rain and
drought,[3] fruitful and barren years, meat and
drink,[4] health and sickness,[5] riches and
poverty,[6] indeed, all things come not by chance,[7]
but by His fatherly hand.[8]

[1] Jer 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-28; [2] Heb 1:3; [3] Jer 5:24;
[4] Acts 14:15-17; [5] Jn 9:3; [6] Job 1:21; Ps 103:19;
Prov 22:2; Rom 5:3-5; [7] Prov 16:33; [8] Mt 10:29; Eph
1:1

28. What does it profit us to know that God created,
and by His providence upholds, all things?

That we may be patient in adversity,[1] thankful in
prosperity,[2] and for what is future have good
confidence in our faithful God and Father, that no
creature shall separate us from His love,[3] since all
creatures are so in His hand, that without His will
they cannot so much as move.[4]

[1] Job 1:21-22; Ps 39:10; Rom 5:3; Jas 1:3; [2] Deut
8:10; 1 Thes 5:18; [3] Ps 55:22; Rom 5:3-5, 8:35, 38-39;
[4] Job 1:12, 2:6; Ps 71:7; Prov 21:1; Acts 17:24-28; 2
Cor 1:10