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Divine Providence

Divine Providence is the way in which the Lord leads people, allowing them freedom to accept or reject His guidance. The New Church teaches clearly how Providence works and how we can live in harmony with it.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Title: The Lord Is My Shepherd (#6)

As Psalm 23 tells us, the Lord is like a shepherd, watching over us day and night. He feeds us and takes every opportunity to show us the way to heaven. He is always with us, caring for our needs. No matter how lost we become, the Lord always reaches out, seeking to rescue us.

The Lord Protects Us

Title: The Lord Protects Us (#18)

When the prophet Daniel was thrown into a den of lions for worshiping the Lord, he was protected by an angel (see Daniel 6). The Lord longs to protect us spiritually as well, leading us toward heavenly states of safety, contentment and peace.

God Meant It for Good

Title: God Meant It for Good (#30)

In the Old Testament, Joseph is enslaved, but then becomes a ruler in Egypt. Later he reveals his identity to his brothers, forgiving them for their earlier hatred: "You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good" (Genesis 50:20). With each of us, the Lord is continually working to bring spiritual good out of all situations.

Trusting in the Lord

Title: Trusting in the Lord (#42)

In Exodus 14, the children of Israel despair when they come to the Red Sea, which seems impossible to cross. But the Lord miraculously divides the Sea, so that the people can cross on dry land. We, too, need to have greater confidence in our God. We need to trust that the Lord is with us, and that He is all-loving and all-powerful.

Divine Providence and Evil

Title: Divine Providence and Evil (#54)

The New Church teaches that true spiritual freedom is the acceptance of the Lord's leadership in our lives. The Lord never wills for bad things to happen to anyone, but He allows us to make either good or bad choices. By exercising our own will, we can come to recognize evil for what it is and freely choose to reject it.