And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
Much of the news cycle today concerns deliberations between nations. For example, talks between the United States (and other nations) and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program dominated the headlines in recent months. Talks move at a glacial pace, giving the impression that the direction of history will turn on the slightest bargaining point.
But that is man’s perspective. From God’s perspective, the future is nothing more than that part of God’s settled, eternal plan yet to be revealed. The Bible is clear—from God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3), to the future visions of nations in Daniel (Daniel 2, 7), to Paul’s understanding of who draws the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26)—that the past, present, and future all belong to God.
Don't feel overwhelmed and insecure when today’s media deluges you with tense international discussions. Just remember: God “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21).
With God the only difference between the future and the past is that certain truths which are as eternal as God himself have not yet become part of human history.
W. Ian Thomas