The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
A favorite author of mine, noted historian and narrator David McCollough, recently died. In watching an interview from 2013, I came upon an interesting quote of McCollough's that spoke truth, but only partially.
"History is human."
How true this is. History chronicles the doings of humanity, from our creation to the second preceding the current one. What have we done as a race of beings? Where have we been? What are our successes? Our failures? Our triumphs? Our defeats? Our acts of righteousness? Our crimes of sin? Our experiences of pleasure and pain? The list could go on and on. McCollough was right. History is indeed human. However, he missed something else of far greater meaning and significance.
History is divine.
"God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).
History most concerns the existence, presence, involvement and purpose of God. "Of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things" declared the Apostle Paul (Romans 11:36). As real and consequential as human doings may be, the largely unseen hand of God transcends all by an infinite measure.
Of course, this does not mean that God determined all that has happened in the course of human history. In a world that "lieth in wickedness," no Biblical view allows for this aberrant, fatalistic view of things (I John 5:19). The Bible proclaims a wondrous God who does not require pointed control of all events in order to execute His intentions. He rather works amid the "course of human events" to fulfill the purpose of His divine working through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, when we say "God is in control," we do not mean He directly causes all things, but rather precisely and powerfully coordinates all things to fulfill "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesian 3:19). Only a lesser God than Scripture proclaims would require such tyranny and pointed domination. The living and true Lord of the Bible, conversely, ever abides in His creation so imminent, so knowing, so wise, so involved, so gracious, so righteous, so holy, and so loving that He fulfills the wonder of His Story amid the myriad variabilities of our history.
In times such as these, great peace descends upon us as we recall this blessed truth amid the turmoil that bids us to uncertainty with each passing day. We must address the real and consequential realities human affairs bring to our doorstep, whether blessed or challenging. Nevertheless, born again believers arise to remember and rejoice in the greater reality of Divine affairs. "What are human beings doing?" The question bows before a greater: "What is God doing?" We answer the question in the light of an empty tomb, an occupied Heavenly throne, and the glorious truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. In this holy light, let us determine to never ponder human history save through the lens of His Story.
"In Him we live and move and have our being."
Weekly Memory Verse
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.