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What Do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Have in Common Beyond Theology?

On Tuesday I asked “What do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul have in common beyond theology?”

Both were involved in very serious and potentially fatal transportation accidents in Alabama while traveling through the state.

From John MacArthur’s biography John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock:

At the end of his first year at Bob Jones, John, bound for home, shared a car with five other students as they drove through Alabama.  While proceeding at speed, the driver lost control; a door burst open as the car turned over, and John was thrown out.  He was to land in a seated position on the asphalt road and slide for over 100 yards.  Nothing was broken but third degrees friction burns took the flesh off his back, and embedded asphalt in what remained.  One hand would be scarred for life.  …

Three months of hospital and skin grafts had a huge impact on MacArthur as a college student.

R.C. Sproul was involved in a potentially fatal train accident in Alabama in 1993.  The Big Bayou Canot train wreck killed 42 people and injured hundreds.    Both R.C. Sproul and his wife were on that fatal train.  They were uninjured but often you will hear Sproul speak about that train wreck in his lectures and sermons.

From Train Wreck:

Often the language of the reporters when they comment on such accidents includes references to the “ill-fated train,” or the “ill-fated plane.” I hope this is merely a manner of speaking and that the reporters do not really believe that the destiny of human beings is in the hands of “fate.” The fates were part of the mythological system of the ancient world, and they were depicted as arbitrary, capricious, and mischievous sub-deities who wreaked havoc among people. Today fate is sometimes seen as a blind force of nature that causes horrible things or good things to happen to us.

The doctrine of the providence of God leaves no room for fate, blind or otherwise. God is not blind; neither is He capricious. For Him there are no accidents. With God there are no cases of chance events.

Now you know.


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God’s Decrees

As Quoted by A.W. Pink in The Attributes of God:

Whether God has decreed all things that ever come to pass or not, all that own the being of a God, own that He knows all things beforehand. Now, it is self-evident that if He knows all things beforehand, He either doth approve of them or doth not approve of them; that is, He either is willing they should be, or He is not willing they should be. But to will that they should be is to decree them. (Jonathan Edwards).


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The Lord Promises to Provide For All Our Needs

Here is a closer look at the subject of why we fear to obey the Lord and make excuses for our disobedience. This post covers the beginning principles of how we think wrong, faulty thinking, I Can’t Be a “Keeper At Home” Because ….

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ESV

Notice this does not say every want but every need. Not everything we think we “need” is really a need. Have you ever written out every expense and divided them into the wants and needs categories?

Needs

Food
Shelter
Clothing

Wants

Cable TV
iPhones
New Car
Four Bedroom House

Divide every single thing you spend money on and just honestly see what category it truly should be in.

Also remember that just because we need shelter from the weather that does not mean that we have to have a particular type. God will provide but that does not always mean that we will have a large home with each child having their own bedroom. That is a want not a need.

Read this post for better insight into housing I Have a Confession to Make.

Are your housing choices made in order to meet others expectations?

Matthew 6:5-15

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
ESV

Notice “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” and “Give us this day our daily bread.

Our Heavenly Father knows what we need. He is not like some parents today who would rather have their alcohol or drugs than to feed “His” children. Our Father is perfect and holy He will do what is right at all times.

We in the US think that if our cabinets, pantry, freezer and refrigerator are not full we are suffering. While much of the world starves for food, we throw out more food than they will ever eat.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?
32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
ESV

But it is not all just needs our Lord provides. When we trust in Him, He will also grant us the desires of our heart.

Psalms 37:4-5

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act
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ESV

There are so many verses that show that the Lord will meet our needs if we just trust in Him and seek His will.


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Providence by Jay Adams


Providence

Simply this—God is not only up to something’ He’s up to something good!

“How do you know that?”

He told us so.

All things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

That truth is the believer’s warrant for saying that

1. God is in his problem
2. God is at work in his problem
3. God is up to something good in his problem.

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