Does God Uphold All Things?

Question 28   What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by his providence does still uphold all things?

Answer:

Medieval DoorThat we may be patient in adversity; (a)

thankful in prosperity; (b)

and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, (c)

that nothing shall separate us from his love; (d)

since all creatures are so in his hand, that without his will they cannot so much as move. (e)

That we may be patient in adversity; (a)

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  Romans 5:3

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  James 1:2,3

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
“I have become mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is You who have done it.  Psalm 39:7-9

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.  Job 1:20-22

thankful in prosperity; (b)

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.  Deuteronomy 8:10

18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, (c)

22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  Psalm 55:22

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Romans 5:3-5

that nothing shall separate us from his love; (d)

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

since all creatures are so in his hand, that without his will they cannot so much as move. (e)

12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.  Job 1:12

So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”  Job 2:6

24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’  Acts 17:24-28

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.  Proverbs 21:1

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