E-votional - Divine Providence
March 4, 2003


“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28 (NRSV)


An instrument of God? Maybe that is too difficult a thought. Maybe "inspired by God in what I do." Is this statement more palatable? When I act according to my calling, my vocare, my vocation, I do God's work in the world? Yes. Should I consider or think myself messianic? Probably not, no. As a Christian, as a disciple, am I a warrior for God? Yes, in a sense. This is all so confusing. Either I am or I am not?!.

Hear the Good News, as Christians, we are led or have the opportunity to be led in all we do. This is what we do by faith. It is by faith we allow God to be an important starting point in all we do. Trusting that God will use our abilities, our gifts, our talents and resources is providence. The word providence comes from a Greek word, pronoia meaning “forethought". Yet when we use the word in a divine sense, we ultimately connect the unseen God to the visible creation itself, we connect and recognize God's activity in our own life. Divine providence is God's interaction. As Christians, we are connected, led and inspired in what we do and how we do it, as we follow God's purpose for our life. Teachers teach, preacher preach, givers give, doctors heal, in all things, we are called to allow the word to become flesh, the unseen is to be revealed, in it's simplest and most complex forms. Divine providence, it is for you, within you.


   Gracious Father, You are my provider, You instill in my direction and lead me in what I do. I ask and pray that You will lead me in everything I do and do not do. Remind me that You always have me in mind, providing security and care for me always. Thank You for all You have done and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.