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God’s Providence

John of Damascus | September 24

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? —Matthew 6:26

“One can easily see that God provides, and provides excellently.”

Providence is the will of God that provides suitably for every living thing. But if Providence is God’s will, then it stands to reason that everything that happens through Providence must be the best, most fair, and most excellent. For the same person must create and provide for what exists. It is unrea­sonable that the Creator and Provider of what exists should be separate persons. Then they would both be deficient— the one in creating, the other in providing. God, therefore, is both Creator and Provider. His creative, preserving and providing power is simply His good will. For the Lord did whatever He pleased in heaven and in earth and no one resisted His will. And He willed that all things should be and they were. He wills the universe to be framed and it is framed. Everything that He wills comes to pass. One can easily see that God pro­vides, and provides excellently. For God alone is good and wise by nature. Since He is good, then, He provides. For those who don’t provide aren’t good. Even humans and animals pro­vide for their own offspring according to their nature and not their reason. Those who don’t pro­vide are blamed. But again, since He is wise, He takes the best care over what exists.

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