Getting a Divine Perspective on Human History
We are almost at the end of January. My reading today was in Exodus 22-24 and Matthew 20:17-34. If you are following the same schedule as I, then you know, in our Old Testament reading, we have passed the events surrounding the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, the momentous crossing of the Red Sea, and the dramatic encounter with God at Mt. Sinai. In the 30 days of reading, hundreds of years have passed since God made His covenant with Abraham. Thousands of years pass between the events of Exodus and Jesus’ life and ministry in Matthew.
What are we to make of this timeline? One thing for sure: God’s schedule for unfolding His plan to redeem Man is not one which may be grasped by observing the events of a single life time. The span of time between the birth of my grandparents and the death of my grandchildren may be more than 200 years. Yet, apart from God’s revelation in the Bible, even that time span is far too short to detect the slowly unfolding purposes and works of the Eternal God.
Perhaps we need a bit more humility as we make assumptions based on what we see going on around us. The Bible gives us a divine view of human history which should teach us that, just as the actors on the stage of history in the past could not understand all the ways God was working out His eternal decrees so, we, too, cannot understand even vaguely what He is doing apart from the wisdom He gives us in His Word. One bit of that wisdom says,
“Be still, and know that I am God
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
As the first month of 2014 draws to a close, let us be unshaken in our trust in Him, our obedience to Him, and let us keep our eyes fixed on the new creation to come.