by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
History is bound up with the divine Kingdom
The key to the history of the world is the kingdom of God. The story of the other nations mentioned in the Old Testament is relevant only as it bears upon the destiny of Israel. And ultimately history today is relevant only as it bears upon the history of the Christian Church. What really matters in the world is God's kingdom. From the very beginning, since the fall of man, God has been at work establishing a new kingdom in the world. It is His own kingdom, and He is calling people out of the world into that kingdom; and everything that happens in the world has relevance to it.... Other events are of importance as they have a bearing upon that event. The problems of today are to be understood only in its light....
Let us not therefore be stumbled when we see surprising things happening in the world. Rather let us ask, "What is the relevance of this event to the kingdom of God?" Or, if strange things are happening to you personally, don't complain, but say, "What is God teaching me through this?...Where have I gone wrong and why is God allowing these things?" There is a meaning in them if only we can see it. We need not become bewildered and doubt the love or the justice of God.
If God were unkind enough to answer some of our prayers at once, and in our way, we should be very impoverished Christians. Fortunately, God sometimes delays His answer in order to deal with selfishness or things in our lives which should not be there. He is concerned about us and intends to fit us for a fuller place in His kingdom. We should therefore judge every event in the light of God's great, eternal and glorious purpose.
From Fear to Faith, pp. 23-4
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