Can I request that you take a second (for it really isn’t that long) and read the quote below. If you are tempted to doubt God, not trust Him, worry, be anxious, or anything along those lines; than I STRONGLY encourage you to read this quote. It’s so good and very applicable to life in the US right now…
"How countless are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures! Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number–living things both large and small. All of them wait for You to give them their food at the right time. When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When You hide Your face, they are terrified; when You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust!" Psalm 104:24, 25, 27-29
The providence of God is His care of and provision which He makes for His creatures; with His supervision and superintendence of them. The providence of God in His government of the world is a subject of deep importance to the Christian, for by proper views thereof, he will learn to see God’s activities–in the daily works of His hands. Yet, though Christians assent to this truth, nevertheless they are prone to overlook it in exercise, and thereby to be deprived in great measure of that poise of mind and comfort of heart, which a deep and constant improvement of this doctrine is calculated to impart.
Nothing is more strengthening to faith, stabilizing to the mind, and tranquilizing to the heart of a Christian–than for him to be enabled to discern his Father’s hand guiding, shaping, and controlling everything which enters his life; and not only so, but that He is also governing this world, and all people and events in it. Alas, we are living in an age of terrible skepticism, when most of what happens is attributed to natural causes, while God is more and more banished from the world, in the consideration of His creatures. It is not only a fact that God governs the world in a general sense, but He also regulates all its affairs, and controls all creatures in it, "working all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11).
God is not troubled by anything that is now taking place in His world–either in its political, social, or religious sphere; nor should we be troubled. The helm is still in His hand; and Satan himself cannot so much as touch a hair of our heads, without His direct permission.
"We ought to see the hand of God in the most trifling things. Nothing is so small as to be below His attention! Nothing is too great for His Providence to effect!" Carson
– Arthur Pink, "Divine Providence
Some other great posts that have encouraged my soul lately…
If you’re looking for some great books on Trust, I recommend the following (and there are tons more). I have finished one and I’m reading the other.
And if anyone is wondering, Dad is doing great. He’s got a cold, but they’re having a good time. The first part of their trip was cancelled, so they are spending the entire time in the second country they were planning on visiting. Please continue to pray for his safety (and Larry M), that God would bless them, that God would give them wisdom & strength, that they would be able to serve our brothers & sisters, and that they would be able to obtain medications that the government (in they country that they are at) confiscated from the church there. Thanks for praying.