God’s sovereign control and arrangement of life

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2017

“The word we use when we refer to God’s sovereign control and arrangement of life is . . . a word punctuated by truth and postulated by accuracy.  that word is providence.”- Dr. Tony Evans

” . . .. which He will bring about at the proper time — He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”- 1 Timothy 6:15

In Chapter 11 (“The Providence of Detours”) of Detours, Dr. Tony Evans stresses that we need to avoid the concept of luck.  The word luck has infiltrated our vocabulary.  Unfortunately, the term’s found its way into our mentality.  Hence, we begin to view things, Tony notes, from the vantage point of luck rather than divine providence.

As a result, we desire to have this force we can’t grab, hold on to, count on, or actually embrace.  When this happens, luck dominates much of our thinking.  Thus, luck becomes an idol Satan uses to move our faith, hope, and trust away from God.

Nor does positive thinking provide a solution.  Dr. Evans explains:

“Now positive thinking encourages the mind and the spirit, and it is a healthy thing to do. But when you put your faith in the basket of your mind’s power to work out your destiny, you’ve set yourself up as an idol as well.

When we read the Genesis account of Joseph’s time in jail, we find the account focuses more on God than it does on Joseph.  In fact, Tony believes, providence = one of the most important things you need to know in your Christian experience.  The gospel, of course, remains the most important thing.

Today’s question: What evidence do you see of God’s sovereign control in your life?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Faith- the hallmark of providence”

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