A Biblical Theology of Providence

The Providence of God is a sub-set of his sovereignty. God’s sovereignty is a statement that he is the creator and ruler of the entire universe. His Providence is an out-working of that sovereignty into this world as shown by his complete control of the universe. The word comes from Latin providentia which means ‘to see ahead’ (pro- “ahead”, videre “to see”). It is a much bigger concept than the word “provision” might imply, with its connotations of giving things. Simply put, Providence means that God is in control of everything. It has major implications for how we live our lives, and especially to the doctrine of prayer.

Providence in the Old Testament

Providence in the New Testament


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