I have a confession to make; I have had the privilege of studying with renowned biblical scholars. Having degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the 1980s and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in the beginning of the 21st Century, I was afforded ample opportunity to learn from the some of the smartest people who have ever called themselves Baptist. But even with all this great instruction from learned men and women, my confession is, “I still do not understand God’s providence.” Many of you have heard me say, “I find providence to be the most mysterious of all the Christian doctrines.” Because of my strong emphasis upon the gift called freedom of choice, I have a hard time grappling with the idea that God orchestrates everything, because I don’t believe that everything that happens is God’s will. I don’t think the Holocaust or the tragedies of September 11, 2001 were God’s will. If God caused everything, we would be nothing more than marionettes on strings controlled by God as the master puppeteer. God gives us free will; we have to continue to seek God’s direction, even when we don’t know what is going to happen in the future.