The providence of God in every area of life


A man’s steps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way? —Proverbs 20:24 

Indeed, how can we understand our life, our steps?  As Christians, we believe the Bible, which speaks of the providence of God in every area of our lives.  God directs our steps, as “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)  All of our comings and goings are in His hands and under His direction.

The same could be said of our spiritual lives.  John Gill comments:

…faith, which is properly a man’s going to Christ as a perishing sinner for pardon and cleansing, for righteousness and life, for food and rest, and eternal salvation, is not of a man’s self, it is of God; it is his gift, and of his operation; no man can go to Christ in this way unless it be given him of God, or he is drawn by his grace, (John 6:35,57,44,65) ; and all spiritual actions which flew from hence are by the grace of God, and under his influence and direction; as walking in the path of truth, it is the Lord that teaches it, causes to choose it, leads into it, and preserves there; walking in the statutes and ordinances of the Lord, and in the ways of righteousness and holiness, is of him, and owing to his Spirit puts within his people; and indeed all good works done by them, which may be called their goings, he has foreordained that they should walk in them; it is by the grace of God, and in the strength of Christ, and with the assistance of the blessed Spirit, they walk on in them; and their perseverance in faith and holiness, or their going from strength to strength, is all of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

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