Winston Churchill once said, “History shall speak well of me for I intend to write it.” In order for that to happen, Churchill had to help win the war against the evil Nazi empire. When we think of history, we should think of these great events, but there is something greater which should demand our attention—His story.
All of history is His story. God freely created the universe and each of us because he wanted to share his love with us. God has worked through history to bring about his purposes. Even the death of Christ was “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23). Job, although he was baffled by his suffering life, confessed, “I know that you can do all things and that no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). Even the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar said, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does as He pleases with the army of heaven and the peoples of the earth. There is no one who can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?” (Dan. 4:34-35). Psalm 33:11 says, “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the purposes of his heart to all generations.” Psalm 115:3 says, “Our God is in heaven and does as he pleases.” History is His story.
It is very important that we see all of history this way. If we get confused, we may begin to think that history is about us or that we should forge our place in history. Everything is supposed to be about God and we must not compete for a piece of the spotlight. Paul summed all this up beautifully when he wrote, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Rom. 11:36). Let us pray our lives are just that—from him, through him, and to him.