Today’s Reading: Hebrews 13:1-25
Those who walk in the confidence of God have the marks of contentment. They live a life without covetousness, they are satisfied with what they have, and they experience the constant companionship and care of Almighty God. There is that confidence that the Lord Jesus will never leave them nor forsake them.
Remember what we read today in Hebrews 13:5-6 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’”
As Christians we can walk in confidence because of the dominant theme of the Bible, which is the sovereign, continuous, purposeful activity of the eternal God. All of life and the Word of God speak of a living Lord. Every living animal and human being get their very heart beat from God. Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28a) In his song of praise the Psalmist writes, “[God] makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, [and He] brings food from the earth” (Psalm 104:14). At the Lord’s choosing He waters the trees (Psalm 104:16), He feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field and not one sparrow falls to the ground outside of God’s will (Matthew 6:25-28; 10:29).
Yet, more than this we can walk in confidence because we serve not only a God who exists but also a “Providential God” as well.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia gives us this explanation of “providence.” It “implies more than just seeing in advance. It is anticipation causing one to take steps to meet a need through the making of a plan. It is in a sense that pre-vision becomes pro-vision… Applied to God, providence obviously includes the divine foreseeing, but God’s foreseeing has a fuller and broader reference in view of divine overruling. Providence, then, is the preservation and superintendence of all things by God. It is divine governance whereby all possible events are woven into a coherent pattern and all possible developments are shaped to accomplish the divinely instituted goal.”