"She thinks she is Providence"
Part of the fresco: 'The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of her Ends'
Public DomainPart of the fresco: 'The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of her Ends' - Credit: Pietro da Cortona

 Divine providence is the name given in Christian theology to God's absolute power to direct the affairs of the universe and all living things.

It is an integral part of Calvinist Christian belief which emphasises the sovereignty of God and the sinfulness of man.

Within Calvinism the concept of providence also stresses the idea of predestination,  the notion that the life of an individual is mapped out for him in advance by God.

The concept of providence is sometimes personified as female.

In Roman mythology, Providentia was the goddess of forethought.