Deism is the view that God created the world in the beginning but, like a clockmaker, set it to the correct time and left it running without any further attention or intervention. Some Christians, who fail to recognize the difference between the signs and wonders God used to confirm the validity of His human messengers in Bible times and how God works today, deny any divine activity taking place in today’s world, equating any intervention by God with miraculous activity.
Yet the concept of providence presumes that God is still at work in the world He created. “Provide” is at the root of the word “providence.” God does provide good things for His people, and His loving care is always behind His every action on our behalf. We are to cast all our anxieties on God because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
God Keeps His Promises
Scripture makes several promises to God’s faithful that, if true, require that God is still at work on behalf of His children today. They include the following:
- “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 esv).
- “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
- “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
- “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
- “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).