What is God’s providence?
All creatures come from nothing and, left to their own devices, would inevitably and instantly fall back into nothingness. Consequently, God must, right here and right now, be sustaining me, you, and every other created thing in existence.
God’s activity is both current and all pervasive. This observation alone is enough to hole the Deist vision of God (the notion that God kick-starts the universe and then retires into obscurity) below the water line. Yet God is not merely our life support system. His providence is insistently edging us in the direction of attaining the end of human existence, namely intimate and (ultimately eternal) communion with Him. His providence is not merely benign, it is loving.