The Wilderness and Providence – Day 7

“They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway and they untied it” ~Mark 11:4

Today’s verse and subject of the past week has been “Providence” which is defined by Webster as “divine guidance or care.” It’s origin comes from the Latin word “providentia,” which means the ability to see something in advance; foresight, foreknowledge. The author of the pamphlet calls attention to Abraham and Isaac from Genesis 22, which is the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, his one and his only son and sacrifice him. Genesis 22:2 “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” As Abraham and Isaac made their way up the mountain Isaac asks his father “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” “Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.” ~Genesis 22:8. In this story, Abraham trusted God (divine guidance) and Abraham also knew God would provide, his faith was strong in the Lord, he trusted God to provide even if it meant sacrificing his son. He trusted God’ “providentia” meaning the ability to see something in advance; foresight, foreknowledge.

In the Book of Mark, Mark writes about the “Providence” of Jesus entering Jerusalem. People were excited and “many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” ~Mark 11:8-10. All this was spontaneous, not planned or choreographed. God provided and people worshipped. In Mark 11:1-6, tells us that Jesus sent two of the disciples to a village and they would find a colt tied which had never been ridden, untie and bring it here. All these things happened and they returned with the colt. Again, God provided. The two disciples experienced “Providence” they trusted in what Jesus had told them and they were obedient.

How has God provided opportunities for you to worship?

Have you every experienced, “this is never going to work?” And yet it does! Every day God is working in our lives, He is providing “Providence” showing and teaching us about “divine guidance and care.”

Breath Prayer: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

~Blessings and Peace~

Pamphlet: The Sanctuary For Lent (By: Katie Z. Dawson)