The Eternal Metanarrative

God created the current global financial crisis because He did not want me to sell my house.

Sound ridiculous?  I believe that statement is true.

I do not believe that is the only reason why He created the global financial crisis, but I believe it is one of the innumerable reasons.  Some might say that it is nonsense to infer that in any way, God would have created such a large-scale event for such a globally insignificant purpose.  But I believe God is sovereign, powerful, omniscient, and providential enough to do it.

Most Christians would accept this truth, when presented with it on a smaller scale.  They might agree with the following hypothetical situation:  Timmy walked into the grocery store, because God wanted him to both provide for his family’s needs, and to have a divine appointment with Bob, with whom he would share the gospel.

I would say that most Christians would agree with that scenario.  There are certainly plenty of evidences of those situations in the Scriptures.  One such example would be when Jesus fed thousands with a few loaves and fish.  This was to satisfy their immediate hunger, but was also to show miraculous evidence of his divinity.  We do not tend to question God’s ability to interweave a handful of events together.  However, people often encounter a roadblock when they allow their mind to enlarge the logical possibilities of what this means on a global scale.  I suggest that the Scriptures give evidence, that God not only interweaves intermittent events by the handful, but that all events, great and small, are interwoven in His providence.

The providential purposes of God extend from the infinitesimal to the universal.  If we could see them all, some might appear trivial, but the small parts make up the whole.  We would see purposes acted out on personal, community, regional, national, global, historical and universal levels.

Here is a sampling of God’s complete providence in governing the world.

  • “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there” (1Kings 17:4)
  • “The Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah” (Jonah 4:6).
  • “God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered” (Jonah 4:7).
  • “I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants” (Exodus 8:21).
  • “He summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread” (Psalms 105:16).
  • “He gave them hail for rain” (Psalms 105:32).
  • “He spoke, and the locusts came” (Psalms 105:34).
  • “The Lord will whistle for . . . the bee that is in the land of Assyria” (Isaiah 7:18).
  • “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).
  • “Even the wind and the sea obey him” (Mark 4:41).
  • “He removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21).
  • “Even the unclean spirits, and they obey him” (Mark 1:27).
  • “He upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3).
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It is encouraging to look at the world through the lens of God’s providence; to see all events, both great and small, good and evil, and know that there are innumerable purposes flowing through them; all to the glory of God.  When we do this, we begin to see the providential hand of God emerging from the often times purposeless, short-sighted view with which we are born.

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Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment