Bella Vista Church of Christ



Randall Caselman


God Meant It For Good


 It's an interesting, intriguing study – The Providence of God. Providence comes to us from the Latin word provide. Pro meaning "forward" and vide meaning "to see." One would think that the word provide would simply mean to see forward. But that's not right is it? Really it means to supply what is needed. So, our word providence means that God sees and provides. He does this by governing the universe with His omniscient, omnipotent hand. Indeed, God sees forward, and He does more; He provides!


 God asked Abraham to offer his one and only son. When Isaac asked, "Where is the Lamb?" Abraham's faith led him to answer "God will provide." And He did. God sees forward and provides.


  I suppose there is no better example of providence than the life of Joseph. His dreams are God seeing forward. The pit into which he was thrown was dry, the Ishmaelite traders were headed to Egypt, Potiphar's wife caused Joseph to be placed in jail, then there was the baker and the butler. God foresaw all this and provided each step of the way. Then provided for the Children of Israel to be sustained in Egypt. Mistreatment by his brothers was ugly behavior. They intended it to harm Joseph, intended it for evil, but God meant it for Good. His providence saw and provided.


 There's the life and ministry of Jonah. A narrative filled with God's fingerprint at every turn.


  How about Paul's desire to go to Rome. Twice in his letter to the church there, he stated that He wanted to come visit. (Romans 1.9-10 & 15.31-32) God foresaw and provided for such by: His arrest in Jerusalem, trials in Caesarea, his appeal to Caesar, even shipwreck. Sure enough, Paul preaches in Rome. Prayers are answered with providence.


 Providence allows confidence in such Scriptures as: James 1.2-3 – "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." Romans 8.28 – "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called..."


  God foresees and provides. So remember: Like Abraham, Joseph, Jonah, and Paul no matter what takes place in life, God works it to our good.


—Randall Caselman