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The Famous York Railway Station

The Famous York Railway Station

“The providence of God is that work of God in which He preserves all His creatures, is active in all that happens in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end.”

Louis Berkhof, Summary of Christian Doctrine (p. 59)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647),

“God’s providence is his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing of all his creatures and all their actions.”

The Heidelberg Catechism (1563), Q&A #27,

Q. What is the providence of God?

A. God's providence is His almighty and ever present power, whereby, as with His hand, He upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things, come not by chance but by His fatherly hand.

Of the evils that infect God’s world

it can summarily be

, said: God permits evil; he punishes evil with evil; he brings good out of evil; he uses evil to test and discipline those he loves; and one day he will redeem his people from the power and presence of evil altogether. The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good (Rom. 8:28).”


J.I. Packer, Concise Theology

“We may be bewildered at the things

that happen to us, but God knows

exactly what he is doing

[So,] we

... ought not to hesitate to trust his wisdom, even when he leaves us in the dark.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God (p. 98)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

Lesson #1:

God’s providence extends to historical events

Lesson #2:

God’s providence extends to personal decisions

Lesson #3:

God’s providence extends to relational encounters

Lesson #4:

God’s providence extends to individual conversion

A traditional, handwoven Indian Sari

A traditional, handwoven Indian Sari