Lately, I find myself reflecting more and more on these words from the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World”:
This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
These few simple words carry an inexhaustible and unshakable source of hope. They remind us of an often forgotten rock-solid reality—God is the ruler yet! As our children and grandchildren increasingly face a hostile world, one that seems “oft so strong,” what will come to mind? What thoughts will lead and guide them? Will they reflect upon the glorious truth that God is, indeed, the ruler yet? And furthermore, will they know and understand the nature and extent of that rule so that they will have unswerving confidence in Him no matter what the circumstances in their lives and world? That is why it is so crucial for our children to learn of God’s providence—His active rule over all things.
There are at least 24 things we should teach them about God’s providence:
- God is actively involved in the universe and sustains it.
- God has the right, wisdom, and power to govern the world.
- God has a plan for all creation.
- Everything God does has a purpose.
- All God’s purposes are right.
- God will accomplish His purposes.
- God is never surprised.
- God’s providential works are often hidden from man.
- God’s purposes are far-reaching.
- God acts for His glory—to show His greatness and worth.
- God controls nature; all of nature is subject to His will.
- God is sovereign over human life.
- God controls rulers and nations—they are subject to His will.
- God’s Word—the Bible—accomplishes His purposes.
- God is sovereign over the heart of man.
- God planned Jesus’ death to solve man’s sin problem.
- God is at work in the world saving lost sinners.
- God works through the evangelistic works of His people as they proclaim the gospel.
- God is sovereign over Satan and evil.
- God’s providence extends over pain and suffering.
- God rules over disasters and calamities.
- God rules over man’s way and all circumstances.
- God’s plans fit together perfectly, and His timing is perfect.
- God causes all things to work together for good for His children.
Each one of these concepts is presented and explored in the curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study for Children on the Providence of God (Grade Range: 5-7, 40 lessons). Click here for the lesson scope and sequence for the curriculum. Or consider the book, God’s Providence, a devotional tool adapted from the curriculum especially for families.