I am copying and linking to Lord’s Day 10 of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563).
This text comes from the Heidelblog.net publication of the Catechism (accessed 5 March 2023).
Q27. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. The almighty, everywhere present power of God,1 whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds heaven and earth with all creatures,2 and so governs them that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink,3 health and sickness, 4 riches and poverty,5 indeed, all things come not by chance, but by His Fatherly hand.
1 Acts 17:25, 26. 2 Heb 1:3. 3 Jer 5:24. * Acts 14:17. 4 John 9:3. 5Prov 22:2. * Ps 103:19. * Rom 5:3-5a.
Q28. What does it profit us to know that God created, and by His providence upholds all things?
A. That we may be patient in adversity,1 thankful in prosperity,2 and for what is future have good confidence in our faithful God and Father, that no creature shall separate us from His love,3 since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.4
1 Rom 5:3. James 1:3. Job 1:21. 2 Deut 8:10. 1 Thess 5:18. 3 Rom 8:35, 38, 39 4 Job 1:12. Acts 17:25-28. Prov 21:1. * Ps 71:7. * 2 Cor 1:10.
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