How God assists those who choose to
follow his guidance and directives in life.
God’s gift of providence.
More evidence of God’s presence in our lives.
You can read the introductory article to this section of the website, “God’s presence in our lives” before going on, if you have not already. It explains the various methods, available to us, that we can use to engage with God in our lives. And how our lives can be positively transformed as a result! It also puts those available methods, and our overall relationship with God, in perspective.
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The previous subsection of the website, “God’s guiding hand” explained how God tries to influence our lives positively, even though we may not have asked for it, thereby demonstrating that he is present there. The final article “Asking for God’s guidance” concluded with advice on how to actually ‘request’, and then trust, his guidance when faced with complex or serious decisions in life. The article following this one, “Listening to God” explains how God actually communicates advice and directives to us as individuals.
Let us now get to the subject of God’s assistance; his helping hand (providence) at work in our lives. Yes, God is there:
For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
2. HIS LOVING HELP
However, I will say that even after choosing the right path, through accepting God’s guidance or directives, it is not always going to be easy. There may well be hard work ahead.
Certainly though, from my extensive experience and evaluation, if you have recognised the way God ‘wants you to go’, and you do go with that in trust, then he will often assist by supporting that right path out of his love for you.
Of course this provides further belief building evidence of his presence in our lives. Two quotes from the Old Testament:
The Lord himself goes before you
and will be with you;
he will never leave you;
nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid;
do not be discouraged.
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
3. HOW IT COMES TOGETHER
Look, I know it will take a few positive results from this kind of stuff to convince you. But as I have already written, I am confident of the positive nature of providence because of my own experiences. And those experiences occurred over many decades. I have also been told by other Christians of their positive experiences in this area of faith. God did make promises that he would help in this way after all (as above), so please relax into it. I am pretty confident that you will be pleasantly surprised. Of course, you should also note his loving assistance through other available methods of engaging with him life.
At times, through providence, you will actually note a ‘parting of the waters’ clearing that appropriate direction before you (‘the way God wants you to go’). If you are committed to a certain direction in your education or career, home or work projects, journey of faith, helping the family or doing good deeds for others etc – which is just and appropriate for you in God’s view (i.e. the will of God) – then he will remove barriers to assist you. This is the stuff that ‘divine providence’ is made of. And again I maintain that it does really prove itself to you when it all comes together.
4. PROVIDENCE IS VERY SPECIAL
It is also noteworthy that providence, or God’s helping hand, is even more precious than guidance. I believe that whilst God attempts to guide everyone, unbeliever and believer alike, he only provides a helping hand (providence) to those who at least try to have faith and trust in him; those who have chosen to follow his guidance or directives.
That additional assistance could not be recognised by an unbeliever, even if God gave it, because their minds are not open to it. It certainly reassures us believers that he will lovingly support us where possible on our path of life. I explain in a later article, “Trusting God day to day” how this loving care and assistance is available on a daily basis, if we are prepared to actually do just that: walk in trust with him. From the New Testament:
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him.
5. INTENDED GOAL IS THE FOCAL POINT
As practising Christians, we should really make the effort to recognise God’s hand at work in our lives. Its power really does again clearly raise it above sheer luck. So when following God’s guidance in a certain direction, his gifts of providence could include: unforeseen assistance, unplanned meetings with people who can help, and, material things arriving without prior knowledge.
It can even occur through anticipated events ‘falling through’, perhaps temporarily. Later in hindsight it will be apparent that the unexpected events (or even lack of expected events) actually suited the end result.
The intended end result (goal) of our God-supported endeavour is the focal point after all, not the road on which we are travelling at any one time. We re-adjust efforts as either ‘doors are squeezed’ or ‘doors opened wide’. We get better at walking in step; ‘in sync’ with him as we get used to it over time.
So, when trying to use providence to our advantage in our endeavours, it is just a matter of warily following God’s guidance. That is, not getting unduly enthusiastic when we are ‘on a roll’, or getting distressed when things are not exactly going according to plan. The hard part, of course, comes at that stage.
As confident as I am in God’s role in this regard, from so much experience with it, I can still feel uneasy when unexpected obstacles threaten a big project of mine. You see, I am a bit of a ‘nervous Nelly’ at the best of times. Again and again, I get it! He does not let me down when I am following his will; his guidance.
So, the final words to you when things are not quite ‘on track’ … just relax. Relax. Relax and consciously hand over any problems to him.
As with God’s guidance, his helping hand was an indispensable aid to my career and so many other areas of my life as well. All I can add is, please apply this stuff to your life’s endeavours. I will be surprised if it does not work for you too.
In Christian ‘speak’ we are simply trusting God’s ‘grace!’ as we move forward in this manner.
Remember if, as a faithful Christian, God approves of what you are doing then he will be there with you. God’s helping hand, as I have indicated, adds great power and sanctity to our lives if we can get fully in touch with it.
Certainly, God’s own quiet voice can also give us guidance of a sort. Continue to the next article, “Listening to God”.
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