“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

The Father’s providential care of his children isn’t a license to live carelessly. There are consequences to our choices, and being a believer doesn’t mean the laws of nature are interrupted for our protection. For instance, no matter how fervently you might pray to do well on a test, if you have not studied, guess what is going to happen. You will flunk the test. No amount of prayer is going to override one’s lack of preparation. It’s only when we seek to walk in obedience that we find the assurance and confidence of God’s protection and provision. He will never leave us as orphans (John 14:18).

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