Preeminence and Providence

I am often dumbfounded when I take a few moments out of my day to think about the immensity of our God.  He is preeminent. This means there is no one that parallels his greatness, excellence, or prominence.  He is the ultimate “distinguished gentleman” surpassing all others and yet and still he is intimately concerned with the day to day events and the moment by moment particulars of my life.  It’s truly mind-blowing! 

One of the definitions of providence is the protective care of God. As the days, weeks, and months go by God’s providence becomes more palpable in my life.  The question is asked of God is Psalm 8:4 “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” It is hard for the human mind to determine how a great God who is peerless and incomparable could look upon faulty, meager mortal beings with such mindfulness.  It is simply magnificent! 

Psalm 121:3 describes how he is constantly watching to make sure we do not stumble.  He is designated in Psalm 23 as Lord and described as our shepherd.  He is the master and ruler who is charged with taking care of us and also our keeper, leader and protector causing us to never be in the position of lacking or missing out.  He is the one who knows the number of the hairs on our heads and sees us as more valuable than many sparrows. [Matthew 10:30-31].  He is so marvelous! 

As I look in retrospect over the last year of my life I see both his preeminence and providence working deliberately on the behalf of my family.  Please believe that He has a planned strategy to work things to your advantage in order to prosper you as He sees fit and that it is key because sometimes prosperity comes in terms of money, but often it comes in growth, maturity, and wisdom which far surpass the benefits of mere currency. We must see and discern in the way that He sees and be confident that He knows the end from the beginning and is working all things for your good!

In the next season I choose to be an active participant in my life.  To not sit back and wait but to daily see God in new ways.  To actively name His characteristics and seek to recognize who He is daily. To identify Him as more than Jireh in the sense of financial provider, but the “one who sees to it” and takes care of every area of my life.  I will strive to recognize Him as El Shaddai, the all sufficient one, who has everything I need and ample supply in and for ALL parts of my existence.   Lastly, I’ll understand that He is El Roi, the one who sees me and is concerned about my well-being. 

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