Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 8

Q. 8. How does God execute his decrees?

A. God executes his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

Question 7 of the catechism has stated that nothing can happen outside of the perfect will of God; as Isaiah 46:9-10says: “remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’” Question 8 explains exactly how God works out his eternal purposes: “God executes his decrees in the works of creation and providence.”

Questions 9-11 will explain more in detail what God’s works of creation and providence are.

“Lord, thank you that there are no such things as ‘accidents.’ Help us to rely on the truth that you are at work in everything that comes into our lives.”

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