Inanimate, Non-moral Creation
In the realm of inanimate, non-moral creation, we have such things as rocks, waterways, planets and other aspects of physical creation that are void of life and incapable of choice and the associated processes. When considering the overwhelming complexity of the universe we should be tremendously impressed and awestruck. From the incomprehensible vastness of our galaxy (and others) to molecular structures that are invisible to the naked eye, we are surrounded by the wonders of God’s inanimate, non-moral creation. In reference to our previous realm of creation (animate, non-moral creation) we recognized the significance of built-in instinct and impulse that play a role in the governance of its behavior. Inanimate, non-moral creation is void of such built-in instinct and impulse. This realm is governed by standing laws of nature that act upon the physical dimensions of our universe. A common example is the law of gravity. God has designed that such physical laws are instrumental for governing this realm of creation. The orbit and rotation of planets depend neither upon an internal impulse nor upon a choice. The laws, being operative, have a cause and effect relationship with the entity in question. We have no record of God saying to planet earth, “I set before you today rotating or not rotating, orbiting or not orbiting so choose…”
Along with the considerations above, Scripture reveals that God has the ability, and sometimes chooses, to override, manipulate or set aside the laws of nature. We generally refer to such events as miraculous or supernatural. To this point, we can see that the government of God over inanimate, non-moral creation is distinct from animate, non-moral creation and, we shall see that both of the aforementioned are distinct from animate, moral creation.
Again, we will take our investigation no further but encourage the reader to consider the marvelous complexity that is available for consideration when studying inanimate, non-moral creation.
Animate, Moral Creation
The previous categories of creation have been given a much more shallow treatment than they could have been given as the current category is of primary interest for our present purposes. Within this realm, we will consider God’s governmental interaction with the human race. The phrase “animate, moral creation” would indicate an order of creation that has life (animate) and possesses capacities and abilities to evaluate, gain knowledge of and choose between right and wrong (moral). Though the mysteries and intrigue of biological life are truly astounding, the focus of our current study will be the moral dimension of man. We will consider the means by which God has arranged to govern in the affairs of man.
The Divine government associated with animate, moral creation can be placed into two important sub-divisions. One involves overseeing human beings as they freely employ their God-given capacities and abilities while the other considers God’s interactions that override, limit or simply do not involve man’s free use of his God-given capacities and abilities. The first is referred to as Moral Government while the second is commonly discussed under the heading of Providential Government.
 It is conceivable that this realm would also apply to the angelic order but this subject will not be considered in the current work.
 The phrase “providential government” is, in my estimation, insufficient for the form of government it is intended to define. Not, as of yet, identifying a new phrase, I will continue to use it in conjunction with the phrase “providential intervention” to largely refer to a governmental system of cause and effect.