From Miracle to Providence

“Miracle rather shakes up our mental composure, reminding us that this world does not just drift along on its own, but is the place where a great person lives and acts. And that person’s influence is not only local and temporary. The God who brought...

Miracle rather shakes up our mental composure, reminding us that this world does not just drift along on its own, but is the place where a great person lives and acts. And that person’s influence is not only local and temporary. The God who brought the plagues on Egypt and divided the sea must be no less than the God of all nature. It is thus that our minds move from miracle to providence. (John Frame, The Doctrine of God, 275)

I love two things about this quote. (1) I think it’s right that our minds move from miracle to providence. If God is extraordinarily in control of nature, then he must be ordinarily in control of it too. (2) The description of the world as “the place where a great person lives and acts” is beautiful. God’s involvement in the world is not mechanical but personal. And if personal, then purposeful.

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