We talk about providence, but what is providence? It means to see ahead of time and make provision. That is, God sees the event before it ever gets here, and that’s what we call providence. God just simply sees ahead of time and He moves everything toward the goal He has in mind.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” All things are working toward that good because of God’s providence. Even when God does not rule, God overrules.
Now don’t get the idea that God causes all things. That’s not what this verse says. Don’t get in your mind the idea that everything that happens is God’s will. Rape is not God’s will. Murder is not God’s will. Racial hatred is not God’s will. Adultery is not God’s will. Sodomy is not God’s will.
Man has a will and man has an evil heart. But you see, even when man does evil, where God does not rule, God overrules.