The overlapping of two worlds.
Spiritual world of God
Physical world of man
When God steps into our world -
Through agents, means, events
There is a God in heaven! Daniel 2:28 There is a God in heaven
How do we know?
Guides the affairs of men. Daniel 4:32 God rules in the affairs of men
God spoke directly to man.
Used many means and methods
Abraham and Isaac Genesis 22:8 God will provide the Lamb
Joseph Genesis 45:5 God sent me before you to preserve life
Genesis 50:20 You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good
40 years in house of Pharaoh
40 years in wilderness
40 years leading Israel
Esther Esther 4:14 If you remain silent, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place
Jonah God Prepared - -
Jonah 1:4 great wind
Jonah 1:17 great fish
Jonah 4:6 gourd vine
Jonah 4:7 a worm
Jonah 4:8 a fierce east wind (hot wind)
Daniel 3:16-18 God is able to deliver us, but is not, we will not worship the gold image
Daniel 4:17, 25, 32 The Most High rules in the kingdom of men
Daniel 6:20-22 My God sent His angel and shut the lion's mouths
Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your needs
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ
Ephesians 3:20-21 To Him that is able to do exceedingly above
Matthew 6:30 Will He not much more clothe you?
Psalms 23:5 You prepare a table before me
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you
2 Timothy 1:12 I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded
2 Timothy 4:18 The Lord will deliver me from every evil work
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care on Him, He cares for you
Genesis 28:15 I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, bring you back
IV. Does God's providence overrule our freedom?
God created us free moral agents
Adam and Eve were free to choose
We are given freedom to choose
God can open doors of opportunity for us
We may reject the opportunity.
Story of man during a flood Prayed for God to save him Jeep, boat, helicopter, - all rejected, God will save me. the man drowned he asked Why? - God said, I sent a jeep, boat and helicopter.
Illustration: A River
Many springs and streams flow into it.
They are independent of the river.
They join the river & great things happen.
If you will "flow with God" - Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
GREAT THINGS CAN HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE!