This blog comes from a message preached from II Samuel 17:1-22.
In the first volume of his multi-series on American history, Page Smith noted that older and modern historians differ on the subject of God’s sovereignty.
For example, older scholars attributed colonial success in the war to God’s providence: Modern historians look at the same facts: often warring, always jealous colonies agreeing to declare Independence; those same militarily weak colonies successfully contesting England’s vast military superiority; then, in a greater miracle-still, forging a United States from all their differences.
However, while modern scholars disregard God’s providence, they still see it as “mysterious indeed.”
Question, then: since even unbelievers see American history as “mysterious,” why not admit God’s sovereignty as the cause? For his WAYS are always “mysterious.” What historian Henri Pirenne called the “hazard” of history that frustrates our calculations isn’t hazard at all, but God’s personal will expressed in history, appointing, permitting, concluding all that we experience.
God’s control of events, nations and populations is the message of all revelation, particularly the book the Revelation. In Shakespeare’s words, his divine will “shapes our ends.” End Part I