2: THE AUTHOR OF HISTORY

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

Daniel 4:35

A study of history is a consideration of a book that God has written.

There are various books written with the imprimatur of divinity:

The Bible, His inspired word;

The Book of Creation, enabling us to recognise His handiwork in nature;

The Book of Humanity, containing details of all our characteristics both material and spiritual, we being fearfully and wonderfully made.;

The Book of Judgement, containing the records of every sinful action, word and thought rendering men and women guilty in the last great day;

The Lamb’s Book of Life, the happy roll call of His elect people.

God has also authored the Book of Providence, ordained all events that have ever come to pass, through the execution of His decreed and permissive will. The study of history is the consideration of that which God has done. This is especially true of Church history because all events are orchestrated by the grand conductor with a view to establishing and succouring the blessed bride of His dear Son.

In history we observe we observe the mighty acts of the One Who reigns over every Prince, President and Prime Minister and Who presides over every Parliament. At times He acts in a silent peaceful manner where at other times the guns roar and the earth trembles as He unleashes the fury of His judgement; weaving dark and golden threads upon His loom of time.

Nebuchadnezzar, was a tyrant as well as being as being a godless heathen. Humbled by the hand of God during seven years of insanity this once proud and despotic murderer was brought to the place where He recognised that the God of Israel ruled over His mighty empire and was working every event according to a greater purpose; “none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

Great God of nations, now to Thee
Our hymn of gratitude we raise;
With humble heart and bending knee
We offer Thee our song of praise.

Alfred A. Woodhall

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