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"I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:10–13, ESV)

The Providence of God can be summed up in this one verse.

"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, ESV)

Can you think of a more comforting verse than this? Providence comes from two Latin words: Pro, meaning "before," and video, meaning, "to see."

However, Providence isn't just seeing what happens beforehand, but seeing to it beforehand. In other words, God is able to take our circumstances and the activities of this world and use them to fulfill His greater purposes. And according to Paul's words in Romans 8:28, the believer can find purpose in any and all circumstances and events that take place in his or her life.

Paul wrote many of his letters to the church from Prison; not the most ideal of circumstances. And we know from other places in scripture that he felt deserted by men.

"You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes." (2 Timothy 1:15, ESV)

I believe there was a sense of loneliness in Paul's life having felt deserted by those he served and brought the gospel to.

"For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry." (2 Timothy 4:10–11, ESV)

In his letter to the Philippians Paul finds great comfort and encouragement from them because they send Epaphroditus with an offering for Paul's needs; showing the simple struggles of life we all share.

And yet, because of the Sovereignty of God, Paul has learned to be content, no matter what circumstance he finds himself in.

Will you find your strength in Christ today? Will you trust yourself to the God who has seen to your life beforehand?

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019