Reflecting on the Providence of God
Do you remember when you first learned to say Thank You? Do you remember the first prayer you spoke to express gratitude to the Lord? I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christ-centered home. I can’t remember back far enough to answer the first question. However, I do remember how I learned to say thank you to God. It was the first table blessing I learned as a very young child.
God is great,
God is good.
Now we thank Him
for our food.
By His hand
we are fed.
Thank you for
our daily bread.
This simple child’s prayer taught me one of the most important things to be grateful for—the Providence of God. Providence is most simply understood as God being the guide, provider, and protector of all human beings. So many of the Psalms are prayers that express thanksgiving as God’s people remember, recognize, or rely on Divine Providence. We do well to be grateful for the Providence of God.
As I grew older and began to read and study the Scripture, I noticed something about the New Testament books that were originally letters—especially the writings of Paul. They consistently expressed thanks for the People of God. One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Philippians 1:3-5 “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God has created us to experience life in relationship with Him and with others. We do this best by living and serving as part of a community of faith—a community wis call the local church.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ are a great blessing from God.