Preemptive Providence

Preemptive Providence

God’s got this…

April 10th, 2019

In a world where the focus is self-embellishment, self-promotion, and self-glorification; God clarifies that it’s not about me, it’s about Him.

When you consider the things that cause us to falter in our walk with the Lord there is one central focus that keeps coming to the forefront. Sexual sins of adultery, fortification, and lust all trace back to it. Gluttony, pride, and arrogance come square to the matter. Greed, boastfulness, and insincerity all have roots in it. All this and more clarifies that the most prevalent antichrist is self.

The very act of disobedience is a manifestation of self-worship. When we disobey God, we are saying in no uncertain terms; I know better than God; I direct my steps; I am the master of my fate.

The reality of our lives is that we have a limited scope of things possible for us. No matter what position in life we are given, every person is limited; in what they can accomplish, control, and exercise authority over.

God who is all powerful, all seeing and ever present is capable of everything and anything He chooses.

God’s perspective over the affairs of mankind is comprehensive and preemptive. He sees this moment what we will encounter tomorrow and the next day. He doesn’t just anticipate the possibilities; He knows the outcomes. He shapes that future in accordance to His will.

Before we ever lift our requests to Him in prayer, he is already fulfilling His answer to us, for us.

When God created in the beginning, he was already laying out the steps along the way and the intricate details of our lives.

Before He spoke the universe into existence, He already knew that we would need a redeemer. Before our first act of disobedience, He had put the plan of salvation into motion.

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1 Peter 1:20-21 (ESV)

It would be presumptuous to think we have much control at all. We have been given limited autonomy to accomplish that which we endeavor.

what is man you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalms 8:4-5 (ESV)

I would suppose because of where we came from to where God has placed us in creation, we might easily get a big head about who we are and what we are capable of.  But it would serve us well to realize that regardless of what we can, or cannot accomplish, we only do so by the will of God, provisioned in us.

In his creation God has placed us in a very elevated position. But despite this we are dwarfed by his power and majesty. 

Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

His love is so encompassing that we can’t possibly go beyond it.

Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Even before we make a request, He is already engaged and actively providing the answer to that prayer.

For all of this you would assume that our faith and trust in God would be firmly established, but at the drop of a hat we will tell God that He can step aside because we have this one covered, we don’t need him.

We need God for everything and anything.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

John 15:5-6 (ESV)

Apart from Him we can do nothing. Our ability of doing anything is directly linked to what God has provisioned us to do.

This is why self-worship is such a heinous denial of God’s authority.

When the Holy Spirit points to self interest in our lives we should sacrifice that on the altar of His grace and mercy. Put a torch to it burn it to ash.

There is every reason we should submit ourselves to the authority of God. There is no reason we should place our trust and hope in our own ability.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)

Paul’s exhortation to us isn’t a nice suggestion. It isn’t an idea that is merely an option to us. All the content of the Word of God points to this singular call to submission to the will of God. We can do nothing apart from His power in our lives, submission doesn’t mean we are less but only acknowledging that God is more.

Such a separation exists between us and who our Father God is. In John Jesus tells us, “apart from me you can do nothing.” Then in Philippians 4:13 we see, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (ESV)

God is so much more than us, the gap between Him and us is immeasurable by any reasonable standard. Scaled from “nothing” to “all things”. The contrast is undeniable.

Yet we constantly by our actions tell God that He isn’t good enough to deal with our issues and we have a superior comprehension of the issues, and a better ability to provide resolution.

We recognize his providence in our lives but we forget that His providence is preemptive. Before we say a word, He has the solution. Before we are presented with the challenge, He’s plotted the path through.

Rather than resist and force our own way, we would be better served if we submitted ourselves daily and allow God to be master of our fate. Placing our hope in His “Preemptive Providence” is the first step in having a closer walk with our Heavenly Father.

Only Jesus!

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