Providence --- Some Definitions And Studies

A querist asks, “In simple terms, can you please define the term “providence” and how it relates to God?”

1) The Online Etymology Dictionary declares that the English term “providence” derives from the Latin term “providentia,” which signifies “foresight.”

2) “The doctrine of divine providence, therefore has reference to that preservation, care and government which God exercises over all things He has created, in order that they may accomplish the ends for which they were created” (ISBE – see under the heading “Literature – I. Providence Defined”).

3) “The foreseeing and guardianship of God over His creatures…a manifestation of His divine care or direction” (American College Dictionary).

In summary, providence is “the divine intervention in the affairs of man within the confines of natural law to bring about God’s objectives.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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