No, not the picturesque state capital of Rhode Island, but the very tangible thing God does all the time.
According to the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, the answer to…
Question 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
[Woah. That’s some really old English right there. Me thinks I must have copieth and pasteth from some ancient version. :)]
Anyways, the answer to thy question goest like this…
Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty– all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand.
– Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Q & A 27
One of the largest themes running through this book is the theme of God’s providence. Sometimes, we might think God is not there, and at other times we might wish He wasn’t there. Whatever the case, we can’t run and hide from God. Psalm 139 makes that abundantly clear.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
– The New International Version, Psalm 139:7–10[SPOILER ALERT] You can stop at this point if you haven’t read the book.
Elijah Poole will find out that God’s right hand sometimes has to do other things, then just ‘hold us fast.’