Luck of Providence?
Terry Dashner……………..Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Think of dominoes falling and not luck happening. What am I saying? Consider this. The milestones of human history are not free-standing monoliths, occurring by luck. They are, however, like dominoes—one event of time affecting another until milestones arise and provide a signature by which we identify human history. Does that make sense?
Listen to this. Author Bill Yenne in his book entitled, 100 Events That Shaped World History (Bluewood Books 1993), “…the Battles of Salamis and Plataea were significant because they prevented annihilation of Greek civilization. This in turn allowed a great flourishing of Greek culture which gave rise to philosophies whose thought would come to form basis for Western culture. The Battle of Waterloo and World Wars changed course of history. So did invention of steam engine and airplane. The flights of interplanetary spacecraft have cast a whole new perspective on our relatively tiny planet.” I agree with Mr. Yenne about hodgepodge of events culminating into one great event, marking history for posterity. But, again, I seem to be in minority group of people who are screaming loudly, “Hey! Things don’t just happen. There is an over riding hand of Providence, working throughout human history. Please, somebody, tell us this.”
Since they won’t tell you that God rules over universe and nations—directing them by counsel of His Sovereign will—I will tell you. In this brief document, I’m going to state a few of history’s milestones and tell you what could have happened had they not occurred. And since they did occur, God was in them working out His will to consummate all things under authority of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. The nations of world will become nations of our God.
Okay, I got carried away. Let me get back to story. What if man had never become dissatisfied with drawing pictures on cave walls in order to communicate? “It wasn’t until around 3500 BC that people had idea of developing a set of simple, widely understood symbols—letters—that represented sounds used in speech and could be combined in different ways to make up what we call sentences. Such a system is called a phonetic alphabet” (Bill Yenne). Had not God moved man to point of writing as a form of communication, there would have been NO Bible. God is all about communication. So much so that He sent us “Word” and it “…became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1-14). Never underestimate power of written word. It was written and disseminated word that changed course of human history.