Providence is an old-fashioned word and has a strange ring to modern ears. Yet, when we break it down into its parts, the meaning becomes clear. It comes from the Latin video, “to see,” and pro, “before,” meaning “to see beforehand.” In our lives, we plan beforehand but we do not see what is going to happen. God has planned everything for His creation and, because He is the sovereign God, everything will come to pass as He purposed. Providence is that marvelous working of God by which all the events and happenings in His universe accomplish the purpose He has in mind.
From: Behind a Frowning Providence by John J. Murray (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1990), p. 7.