In 1854 the Russian poet and diplomat Fyodor Tiutchev described the frightening world conditions as he saw them then. “It is like being in a carriage, descending an increasingly precipitous slope, and suddenly realizing that there is no coachman in the box.”
The world does seem to be traveling in a runaway vehicle, hurtling wildly through the dark night toward terrible destruction. The racial tension in South Africa, the ongoing religious conflict in Northern Ireland, and continued death and fighting in the Mid-East could cause us to feel as if the world is reeling wildly out of control. But the Christian views this frightening scene differently. We believe that even though Satan is called the ruler of this ages, God has a plan for this world and is in ultimate control. We have confidence in Isaiah’s promise that what God has spoken will come to pass. We know that God “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). God’s hand “is stretched out over all the nations,” wrote Isaiah, and “who will turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:26-27).
In the midst of turmoil we have hope. God rules. – David C. Egner
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure. – Browning
- December 26, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread