Friday April 28, 2023
He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth,
and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
God meets us also in history. Even more mightily than in nature.
The Scriptures tells us that God makes history.
He did not shape it all at once at the dawn of time, like a clock which is wound up and makes its regular rounds until it stops. Nay, God creates it piece by piece, day by day.
How God makes history we see best in the Old Testament as we follow the history of the chosen people.
We see how God intervenes, not only in the history of the chosen people, but also in the affairs of the world powers. He employs the latter as a scourge upon His own disobedient and rebellious people. And when He has thus made use of a nation, He turns and sends another nation to chastise the nation which He has used as a “scourge.”
God meets us, then, in history. And He would have us see and recognize Him here also. The events that take place in time become of eternal import when we look through their temporal shell into the eternal content and thus note the footprints of God.
This is what Jesus had in mind when He charged us to “discern the signs of the times.”
Let us first discern the signs of the times in our own country. If we are not blind, we shall see forces of disintegration at work undermining our nation and imminent danger threatening our beloved people.
This will drive us to humble and fervent prayer. For there are powers at work which cannot be overcome save by the power of God. That is why we are praying for a nation-wide spiritual awakening. We are crying to God that it may come before the powers of disintegration have made our nation ripe for catastrophe.