1 The Anointing

2 The Signs

Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.” 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people.” — 1 Samuel 9:16-17 (ESV)

32 Now therefore, go by night, you and the people who are with you, and set an ambush in the field. 33 Then in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, rise early and rush upon the city. And when he and the people who are with him come out against you, you may do to them as your hand finds to do.” — Judges 9:33

3 The Journey

6  For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. 7  He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it. 8  Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens. 9  From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10  By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. 11  He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. 12  They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. 13  Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen. — Job 37:6-13

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” — Abraham Kuyper

God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes.

“The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly from the Lord” — Proverbs 16:33 (ESV)

Application:

1. God is working good out of evil

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. — Genesis 50:20 (ESV)

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)

2. God is working to eliminate evil for good.

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. — Acts 2:22-23 (ESV)

3 Takeaways

Trust God

Pray for God

Give thanks

“There is nothing of which it is more difficult to convince men than that the providence of God governs this world. Many indeed acknowledge it in words, but very few have it actually engraven on their heart.” — John Calvin

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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