Luck or Providence?

Written by Terry Dashner

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 preventedrepparttar annihilation of Greek civilization. This in turn allowed a great flourishing of Greek culture which gave rise torepparttar 105448 philosophies whose thought would come to formrepparttar 105449 basis for Western culture. The Battle of Waterloo andrepparttar 105450 World Wars changedrepparttar 105451 course of history. So didrepparttar 105452 invention ofrepparttar 105453 steam engine andrepparttar 105454 airplane. The flights ofrepparttar 105455 interplanetary spacecraft have cast a whole new perspective on our relatively tiny planet.” I agree with Mr. Yenne aboutrepparttar 105456 hodgepodge of events culminating into one great event, marking history for posterity. But, again, I seem to be inrepparttar 105457 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 overrepparttar 105458 universe and nations—directing them byrepparttar 105459 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 underrepparttar 105460 authority of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. The nations ofrepparttar 105461 world will becomerepparttar 105462 nations of our God.

Okay, I got carried away. Let me get back torepparttar 105463 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 hadrepparttar 105464 idea of developing a set of simple, widely understood symbols—letters—that representedrepparttar 105465 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 torepparttar 105466 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 usrepparttar 105467 “Word” and it “…became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1-14). Never underestimaterepparttar 105468 power ofrepparttar 105469 written word. It wasrepparttar 105470 written and disseminated word that changedrepparttar 105471 course of human history.

Luck or Providence? (B)

Written by Terry Dashner

Luck or Providence? (B)

Terry Dashner……………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Evening services have concluded. Let me get back to what I was arguing earlier. The events of history didn’t happen by luck. They were guided along byrepparttar hand of Providence. God is bringing all things intorepparttar 105446 swallow of His Glorious Kingdom. After all, we’ve been asking God to bring forth His Kingdom on earth “…as it is in Heaven…” for 2000 years. He does hear and answer prayers you know; therefore, He’s over riding events of humankind for His Sovereign purpose and will untilrepparttar 105447 earth becomes His Kingdom completely. God always gets what He wants.

Consider this. What ifrepparttar 105448 Phoenicians had not been sea lovers? How far wouldrepparttar 105449 Reformers have traveled had they not built onrepparttar 105450 sea-voyaging expertise ofrepparttar 105451 ancient Phoenicians? Once again author Bill Yenne writes, “Early human civilizations had little contact with cultures other than those immediately adjacent to them geographically. This continued to be true even afterrepparttar 105452 rise ofrepparttar 105453 great civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

“The Phoenician fleet—which included military as well as commercial vessels—visited practically every port of any size on both sides ofrepparttar 105454 Mediterranean. The fleet sailed beyondrepparttar 105455 Straits of Gibraltar intorepparttar 105456 Atlantic Ocean and called at ports in northern Europe and downrepparttar 105457 coast of Africa.”

Had notrepparttar 105458 Phoenicians been bold enough to defy ancient tales of sea monsters—roamingrepparttar 105459 high seas to devour ships and crews—then navigation skills and technology which were needed to send Columbus torepparttar 105460 new world would not have existed. God was working behindrepparttar 105461 scenes with his ancient sailors, though primitive they were; nevertheless, from them camerepparttar 105462 celestial knowledge that made possiblerepparttar 105463 sextant andrepparttar 105464 magnetic compass.

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