Ironies of History (Philippians 2:9, 10)

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God has a way of turning the tables on evil. The French philosopher Voltaire predicted that Christianity would be swept from existence within 100 years. Yet, just 50 years after he died in 1779, the German Bible Society had occupied Voltaire’s house and was using his printing press to produce stacks of Bibles.

During World War II, Adolf Hitler erected a massive stone structure in Monte Carlo. It was to be a radio station from which to broadcast Nazi propaganda into North Africa. Today from that very building, Trans World Radio beams the gospel of Christ’s redeeming love all across Europe and into Russia and Africa.

Could these ironies of history be whispers of the last word Christ will have at the end of this age? The apostle Paul wrote of a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11).

Do you become discouraged when evil prospers and falsehood seems to triumph over truth? Do you feel that you are being unjustly treated, even though you’ve forgiven the offender and tried to make things right? Leave it with Christ. Let the ironies of history and Paul’s words in Philippians 2:1-11 remind you that the God of history will have the final word.

The righteous will one day be vindicated. – Dennis J. De Haan

Now evil prospers, falsehood reigns,

And darkness dims the light;

But there will come a day when Christ

Returns to set things right. – Sper

God’s timetable is not altered by the times.

  • January 29, 1991, Our Daily Bread
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