Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 26, 2018

God’s providence: “I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body” – “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Today’s devotion comes from Malachi chapter 4.

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace;  and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”  “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings;  and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.  You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.

“Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.  He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”  Malachi chapter 4.

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In this last chapter of the Old Testament, the grand theme is the LORD’s preparations.  We see this in all three paragraphs of the chapter.

The LORD prepared “the day that is coming (that) will set them (all the arrogant and every evildoer) ablaze  …  on the day which I am preparing,”.

The LORD prepared the Law to provide the legal basis of justice for punishing the wicked and also to provide the tutor to lead His elect to Christ.  “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”  Galatians 3:24-25.

The LORD prepared for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ, by sending John the Baptist who is described as Elijah the prophet.  See also Matthew 11:7-15.

Other doctrine sees only what man does and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees what the LORD has done and what the LORD will do.  In one word, Reformed Doctrine teaches God’s “providence”.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

Do not let your heart be troubled;  believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;  if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14:1-3.


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