Post Author: Bill Pratt
Hardly, yet many Christians seem to forget this fact. God gives us the privilege of participating in the cosmic drama that is unfolding under his direction, but his script leaves nothing to chance. We don’t need to fret over whether His plans will succeed; we already know the end of the story.
Theologian Robert L. Hubbard Jr. captures this well in his Joshua commentary. Speaking of Joshua’s farewell speech in Josh. 23, Hubbard says the following:
The genre of farewell speech reminds readers that God’s plan outlives all of us. It was in full swing long before we were born and will remain so long after we are gone. It outlived Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, David, Elijah, Ezra, Esther, Mary, Peter, Paul, John, Irenaeus, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Jonathan Edwards, D. L. Moody, Mary Slessor, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King Jr.
This blunt reality is both humbling and liberating. It humbles by reminding us that, however large a swath we cut through history, the kingdom advances without us – and, at times, in spite of us. It liberates us by reminding us that ultimately its success does not depend on our efforts – that we do not have to get everything done in our lifetime.
Rather, we sow seeds whose harvest others will gather, lay foundations on which others will build, and open doors that others will enter. We are among the cast of players in the drama of history, but the entire company is huge. And, of course, the starring roles ultimately belong to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Well said, Dr. Hubbard.