from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1 | Genesis 2:7 | Exodus 3:14 | Exodus 6:2-3 | Exodus 15:11ff. | Exodus 20:1ff. | Leviticus 22:2 | Deuteronomy 6:4 | Deuteronomy 32:6 | 1 Chronicles 29:10 | Psalm 19:1-3 | Isaiah 43:3,15 | Isaiah 64:8 | Jeremiah 10:10 | Jeremiah 17:13 | Matthew 6:9ff. | Matthew 7:11 | Matthew 23:9 | Matthew 28:19 | Mark 1:9-11 | John 4:24 | John 5:26 | John 14:6-13 | John 17:1-8 | Acts 1:7 | Romans 8:14-15 | 1 Corinthians 8:6 | Galatians 4:6 | Ephesians 4:6 | Colossians 1:15 | 1 Timothy 1:17 | Hebrews 11:6 | Hebrews 12:9 | 1 Peter 1:17 | 1 John 5:7
I really need to pull together some resources highlighting the importance of maintaining gender specific language when speaking of God the Father.
I like the Heidelberg Catechism definition of “providence:”
Question 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God
Answer: The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand.