Wednesday Weekly Devotional – May 6, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Rick Fisk

In this time of unprecedented pandemic and economic chaos I have been drawn to an old word that, outside of theology, doesn’t get used much; providence. This morning as I was discussing with Barbara my thoughts about this devotional, she decided to look up the word providence and see what Webster had to say about it. Meaning number 3 was, “The care, guardianship, and control exercised by a deity; divine direction and meaning.” Meaning number 4 was simply one word, “God.” 

I decided to pursue the experts a little further and went to Baker’s Dictionary of Theology for a more extensive definition: “It would be possible to draw on certain Psalms and the Sermon on the Mount, for example, to make up a doctrine of God’s relationship to his creation, which had nothing to do with Jesus Christ. But since it is in Christ that this relationship is established, an attempt to understand it apart from him would be a misinterpretation from the start. In Jesus Christ God has set up the relationship between himself and his creature, promising to carry through his purpose in creation to its triumphal conclusion.”

Personally, the sense of God’s providence has been very comforting, and I have experienced a peace that has been unusual, considering the magnitude of what is happening around me. For someone who likes to be “in control” the personal risk that the pandemic brings and the resultant personal chaos that has ensued from the economic shut down could be very distressing and confounding. But thank God, they have not!

These scriptures have been very meaningful:

“Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)

“Those who obey him have all they need…Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.” Psalm 34:9-10 (GNT)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you.” I Peter 4:12 (GNT).

During the risk of pandemic and economic chaos, might you experience His peace which exceeds our understanding.