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posted Mar 30, 2020, 11:07 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. What do you understand by God’s providing for everyone?

A. The almighty and ever present power of God by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.

I love the way that comfort flows through the questions and answers that the catechism asks. You can tell it was a theologian and pastor who wrote this together; we need to know God looks out for us in both our heads and hearts. At a time when stores are being closed for a while and people are being laid off from work and we worry about how we will meet our bills and obligations, the question comes about God providing for, not just his people, but for all creation. It calls us to think about a big God, not a small God.

We’re reminded that God does hold everything in his hand and he is in control. Even times like this are in his hands and come from him. I can’t tell you why he is allowing this all to happen, but I can tell you that you are in his hand, that he knows what you need. The question and answer after this one tells us that we can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from his love. For all creatures are so completely in God’s hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved. God loves you, his precious daughters and sons, and you can trust that he will be with you and provide for you through this time.