“You rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth”.
Ps 67:4 NIV

Somebody once observed: “the only thing we ever learn from history is that we never learn anything from history!” Nevertheless, people do study historical events and observe how things happen. Sometimes they come to conclusions, as for example, Charles A Beard. “When asked what major lessons he had learned from history, Beard answered, ‘First, whom the gods would destroy they must first make mad with power. Second, the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small. Third, the bee fertilizes the flower it robs. Fourth, when it is dark enough you can see the stars” (M.L. King, Strength to Love, p82).

The Hebrews saw the hand of God in their history, especially in their amazing deliverance from slavery in Egypt. This assured them that he was guiding them. It also meant that he both could and would guide the affairs of the other nations as well. Such an interpretation cannot be proved in a scientific sense. But a strong faith in God believes that, as he guides the lives of individuals so too, he “pulls the strings” in national and international affairs. This faith believes that beyond the apparent kaleidoscope of affairs on the international level there is another hidden hand at work, impelled by justice, love and truth – and that keeps the life of humankind on a steady course.

It often seems as if the nations of the world are hell-bent on destroying each other and there are enough weapons of mass destruction to do this. Faith says, “It’s all in the hands of God”. Somewhere, somehow, he is keeping his hand on the tiller and the future is in his hands.


Lord, I know that with you the future is safe and sure.


Lord, I pray for students starting out in colleges and universities this year. Help them to be motivated to elevate their level of study to tertiary standards and to be ready to stretch themselves. Help them to work hard and use their time profitably. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Isaiah 49:1–7

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