We have a God who loves us and through his providence is going to take care of you. In simple terms, providence is God working through natural means in today’s world of established laws and ordinary channels to bring about his purposes and to bring about good for his children.
Some of the sweetest words in the English language are mother, home and heaven. One of those other words that people really take a lot of comfort in is peace. When you talk about the word peace, it’s found some 150 times just in the Old Testament alone; I read it was found 80 times in the New Testament. In fact, it’s found in every NT book except the book of 1 John. When you think about peace, it’s something that we long for. We want it in our relationships, we want it in every aspect of our lives. In fact, we pray to almighty God that we can live in a world where there will be no war, where the ravages of war will end and we’ll just have peace.
When you look up the Greek word peace, Vines says ‘harmonious relationships between men, between nations. Freedom from molestation, order in the state, quietness in the churches, the sense of rest and contentment, the harmonized relationship between God and man accomplished through the gospel ’.
It’s not uncommon as we live in the world for people to give various titles or descriptions of places. Some people will call a beautiful place the Promised Land, someone else will say well, that’s really the land of rest. We do things with people as well; we give them some descriptive title. You might ask somebody “What do you think about Garland?” And they’ll say “Oh, he’s good as gold”, or “If he says it, you can take it to the bank”. Other sayings that people will say is “They’re just the salt of the earth, everyone in their family is like that”. Sometimes I’ve had people say “They’re wishy-washy”. Now that’s not a good thing for people to say about you. In Matthew 5 the Bible gives a descriptive term of God’s people. Jesus mentions something about what we are in this world; in verse 13 he talks about salt but I want you to notice verse 14. He says “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” So if I’m a child of God, if I’m a Christian, I’m the light of the world. It’s interesting, in Gen. 1:3, Jehovah’s first recorded words are, “And God said ‘let there be light and there was light’”.