HOW GOD PROVIDES: Providence and Covenant by M.C.H. Musser
Has God ever provided for you in time of need? Are we even asking the right question? When has God not provided? When is there not a need?
Perhaps the center of this whole train of thought should be God’s providence rather than His provisions, His covenant rather than His supply. A covenant is a binding agreement. In the Bible it refers to God’s promise to the human race; and we can trust that promise because of God’s foreseeing protection and care – that’s providence.
When has God provided for you in time of need? There are times when we don’t see a way out, a way through, a way to make it; and something happens so out of the ordinary, maybe even miraculous, that we marvel at how God provides in a time of need. But one of God’s greatest miracles is He works through humans! We have needs every day. We need food, water, shelter, sleep. We have emotional needs: love, compassion, understanding, discipline. God supplies all of that and more for a very needy, unstable, fickle, and often unlovely creation because He made a covenant with us to provide it.
God started His covenant with His creation long before this generation came along. There was a covenant with Noah, which applied to everyone who came after. “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you.” He put a rainbows in the clouds as a sign of the covenant that never again will floodwaters destroy all life (Genesis 9:12-15).
There was a covenant to give the land from the Nile River in Egypt to the River Euphrates in Assyria – the country of all the “ites” (Kenites, Hittites, Perizzites, Amorites, Canaanites, Jebusites, etc.) – to Abram and all his descendants; and those descendants came after he was ninety-nine years old!
And God remembered that covenant through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to the Hebrew people wandering with Moses through the desert. He “Tabernacled” with them. Where they camped, they set up the tent with the Holy of Holies containing the Ark of the Covenant. When they traveled into the Promised Land the tent – the Tabernacle – went with them; with the Ark of the Covenant leading the way. He gave them the land He promised.
God made a covenant with David and all his descendants. “Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured” (2 Samuel 7:16a). That covenant came all the way down to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, our Messiah, who secured all the rights of the covenants for us through His death, burial and resurrection. WE are the family, WE are the descendants, WE are now God’s children, His chosen ones, not just His creation.
Our covenant maker saw what we would need and provided “The Way.” Michael W. Smith gave us these inspirational words which say it so well in his song, The Hand of Providence:
Providence, Providence, see it laying down the cornerstone,
The Hand of Providence, it’s evident, for we could never make it on our own;
Apportioning the power, weighing all that it entails,
Giving us the fulcrum and a balance to the scales.
Providence, ever since any thesis ever entered man
The Hand of Providence has been our best defense.
Tho’ His ways are sometimes hard to understand,
From the dying of a heartbeat to another soul reborn,
From in between and circling our thoughts of love and war.
Oh, the Hand of Providence is guiding us through choices that we make.
Oh, the Hand of Providence is reaching out to help us on our way.
Has God ever provided for you in time of need? A better question is when has He not!
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