Wednesday, August 23, 2006

CQOD: 08/24/06 -- Lichtenberger: the overarching purposes of God

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 24, 2006
Feast of Bartholomew the Apostle
    The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes. In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
    -- Isaiah 7:17-20 (KJV)

    How readily we assume that the Church is the only channel of divine action among men! Common sense tells us this assumption is wrong—and nothing in the Bible supports such a conclusion. Believing that God is the Lord of history, we believe that God is at work now in the development of industry and commerce throughout the world, in the experiments and researches of the scientists, in the deliberations of the United Nations, and in the course of events in Berlin and Havana, in Moscow and Peiping, and Detroit. One might say, then that He seems to be doing some very strange and contradictory things! But, though we cannot claim to know God’s purpose in all this, we do believe that God acts in all these circumstances. The revolutionary changes of our time are not all a mistake: they are not taking place without God.
    ... Arthur Lichtenberger, The Day is at Hand [1964]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You can be trusted with our futures.

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