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The Lord of History

The sovereignty of God is the one impregnable rock to which the suffering human heart must cling. The circumstances surrounding our lives are no accident: they may be the work of evil, but that evil is held firmly within the mighty hand of our sovereign God. All evil is subject to Him, and evil cannot touch His children unless He permits it. God is the Lord of human history and of the personal history of every member of His redeemed family.
MARGARET CLARKSON
(Source : Grace Grows Best in Winter)

The University of Sunderland recently announced it is closing its history department after only 14 students applied to the study subject this year. The study of history is declining at A-level and unamp; university because students want to study something that provides a direct route into employment.

The truth is that many who studied history at school most likely found it hard going. You had to memorise dates and lists of Queens and Kings who ruled Britain and other parts of the world during a period that is hard to imagine. At one point most of us have asked, what is the point of stydying history? For many people history is just a random succession of events. I think most people find history boring because many of us do not think the history of the world is leading anywhere. It has no purpose or direction to it.

The quote above from Margaret Clarkson reminds us that as followers of Jesus, the history of the world should interest us because we believe that history is ‘His story’. It is God’s story! Our God is the Lord of human history. The history of the human race  begins in eternity when God chose His people for himself and will end in eternity when all true followers enter the new heavens and new earth. And of course when those who have rejected Christ live in eternal separation from God. 

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