Providence of God

Also called: Protection, Provision, Sustaining
God’s activity of providing his creatures with what they need. It is a function of God’s sovereignty.

Top Bible Verses about Providence of God

Exodus 16:11–14

And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the grumblings of the Israelites. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be full with bread, and you will know that I am Yahweh your God.’ ” And so it was, in the evening, the quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning, a layer of dew was all around the camp. And the layer of dew came up, and there on the face of the desert was a fine granular substance, fine like frost on the ground. Read Exodus 16:11–14

1 Kings 17:5–6

So he went and did according to the word of Yahweh. He went and stayed in the Wadi Kerith which faces the Jordan. The crows were bringing bread and meat in the morning for him and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the wadi. Read 1 Kings 17:5–6

Psalm 145:15–16

The eyes of all look hopefully to you, and you give them their food in due time, opening your hand, and satisfying the desire of every living creature. Read Psalm 145:15–16

Matthew 14:15–21

Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him saying, “The place is desolate and the hour is late. Release the crowds so that they can go away into the villages and purchase food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish.” So he said, “Bring them here to me.” And he commanded the crowds to recline for a meal on the grass. Taking the five loaves … Read Matthew 14:15–21
Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose, Read Romans 8:28

1 Timothy 6:17

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be proud and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in God, who provides us all things richly for enjoyment, Read 1 Timothy 6:17

Famous Christian Quotes About Providence of God, Protection, Provision, Sustaining

Count Common Blessings

We prize but little what we share only in common with the rest, or with the generality of our species.… The common benefits of our nature entirely escape us. Yet these are the great things. These constitute what most properly ought to be accounted blessings of Providence; what alone, if we might so speak, are worthy of its care. Nightly rest and daily bread, the ordinary use of our limbs, and senses, and understandings, are gifts which admit of no comparison with any other. Yet, because almost every man we meet with possesses these, we leave them out of our enumeration. They raise no sentiment; they move no gratitude. Now, herein, is our judgment perverted by our selfishness. A blessing ought in truth to be the more satisfactory, the bounty at least of the donor is rendered more conspicuous, by its very diffusion, its commonness, its cheapness; by its falling to the lot, and forming the happiness, of the great bulk and body of our species, as well as of ourselves.… It is in those things which are so common as to be no distinction, that the amplitude of the divine benignity is perceived.

William Paley

Enjoyment and Suffering Common to the Good and Wicked

To the divine providence it has seemed good to prepare in the world to come for the righteous good things, which the unrighteous will not enjoy; and for the wicked evil things, by which the good will not be tormented. But as for the good things of this life, and its ills, God has willed that these should be common to both, so that we might not too eagerly covet the things that wicked men are seen equally to enjoy, nor shrink with an unseemly fear from the ills that even good men often suffer. There is, too, a very great difference in the purpose served both by those events that we call adverse and those called prosperous. For the good man is neither uplifted with the good things of time, nor broken by its ills; but the wicked man, because he is corrupted by this world’s happiness, feels himself punished by its unhappiness.

Augustine of Hippo

The Many Attributes of God

We, therefore, both know and confess that God is without beginning, without end, eternal and everlasting, uncreated, unchangeable, invariable, simple, uncompound, incorporeal, invisible, impalpable, uncircumscribed, infinite, incognisable, indefinable, incomprehensible, good, just, maker of all things created, almighty, all-ruling, all-surveying, of all overseer, sovereign, judge; and that God is One, that is to say, one essence; and that He is known, and has His being in three subsistences, in Father, I say, and Son and Holy Spirit.

John of Damascus
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