On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.
The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.
Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.
The devotional for LORD’S DAY 10 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for today concerns the subject of God the Father.
Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. The almighty and ever present power of God1 by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, 2 and so rules them that leaf and blade,
rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness,
prosperity and poverty—3 all things, in fact, come to us not by chance4 but by his fatherly hand.5
Q. How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
A. We can be patient when things go against us, 1 thankful when things go well, 2
and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father
that nothing in creation will separate us from his love.3 For all creatures are so completely in God’s hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.4
May truth and grace reside here.
Soli deo Gloria!