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a time for strong theology



Now is the time for good theology.  It's time for a sound and strong and robust theology of God and his providence.  It's a time for a clear understanding of who God is, and for these doctrines to be felt in mind and heart.  “To have faith in the Word, Scripture must not grasp us in our critical thought, but in the life of the soul” (Abraham Kuyper).   

Our God leads the stars and galaxies in their courses (Job 38:31-33; Amos 5:8) and has given names to them all (Ps 147:4; Isa 40:26). He watches over the sparrows and has numbered all the hairs upon our heads (Matt 10:29-30). He appoints nations and boundaries (Acts 17:26), and he raises up and removes rulers (Isa 40:22-23; Dan 4:31-35). He is sovereign over all blessings and also over all calamities: 

"I am the LORD, and there is no other, 
besides me there is no God; 
I equip you, though you do not know me, 
that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, 
that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.  
I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, 
I am the LORD, who does all these things.  
Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; 
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; 
let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it." 

(Isa 45:5-8)

Do we know this, and do we feel this?  I've been thinking about this quote: “If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.” (R.C. Sproul, from Chosen By God)  

The question for all of us is, how should we then respond to our current pandemic? How should we now live?  



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