In this study we observe how God’s providence extends over His own people, the elect.  God is the Savior of the entire world in a broad providential way, but especially those who believe [i].  God protects and prolongs the lives of everyone; He has a general good-will to the eternal salvation of all men insofar that He is not willing that any should perish.  He desires all to come to repentance.  He is the Savior of all men that none are left in the same desperate condition as the fallen angels.

Not only is the eye of the love, grace, and mercy on those who fear the LORD, but His eye of providence as well.  “Behold the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His lovingkindness  [ii].”  The eyes of the LORD range to and fro throughout the earth, taking consideration of the entire human race [iii].  We must not think that God is so taken up with the elect people of God as to neglect the whole world.  But God’s people can arm themselves with reassurance in their time of awful trouble that “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His [iv].”

There are many illustrations. Consider Abraham when his life, as he supposed, was in danger, and Sarah when her chastity was ready to be violated [v]. Recall Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah when there came that providential time of testing [vi].

Jacob is another remarkable example of the special care of divine providence. We see this in several ways: 1) God’s directing him to flee from the wrath of his brother who intended to kill him [vii]; 2) preserving him in his journey and bring him safe to Laban’s family [viii]; 3) prospering him in the land [ix]; 4) and securing him from his uncle’s fury when he departed from him [x]; 4) guarding him with a host of angels when his brother Esau came out to meet them [xi].  All these and many other examples of providence are found in Scripture were evidenced in Jacob’s life; indeed they are found in all the saints.

Another remarkable example is that of Joseph, whose special coat was an emblem of the various providences of his life. We see this in his being 1) preserved from the dreadful designs of his brothers upon his life [xii]; 2) favored by Potiphar [xiii]; 3) the interpreter of dreams which was the means of his advance to the highest honor and office whereby Joseph was of crucial use to the whole nation and his father’s family.

What an encouragement to trust in God’s gentle reign in our lives and circumstances!

[i]  1 Timothy 4:10

[ii]  Psalm 33:18

[iii]  Zechariah 4:10

[iv]  2 Chronicles 16:9

[v]  Genesis 20:6, 15, 16

[vi]  Genesis 22:2, 10, 11, 14

[vii]  Genesis 27:42-43

[viii]  Genesis 29:1

[ix]  Genesis 30:43

[x]  Genesis 31:29, 42

[xi]  Genesis 32:1-2

[xii]  Genesis 37

[xiii]  Genesis 39:1-2

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