God’s “Inevitable Progress”
For some years before the bottom fell out of civilization we heard much about the inevitability of progress. The evolutionists with all their kith and kin assured us that man was as sure to move forward as the sparks to fly upward. We have not heard much of that lately. The only inevitability now mentioned is that of world destruction, at least the possibility of the extermination of the human race.
With the wiseacres now looking for a hole in the ground in which to escape from their own inventions, it is very evident that if we are progressing it is in reverse. Instead of creating a millennium we have contrived a madhouse.
But there is one kind of progress that is sure. The eternal purpose of God moves on. God’s program is running on schedule. He will arrive where He is going. Let us consider three ways in which the growth of God’s purpose is revealed.
The God-Man grew on.
Almost two thousand years ago God solved the greatest problem of all time, how to be a just God and yet justify ungodly men. How can a holy God and unholy men be brought together? Something had to be done about the sin problem. There was nothing that man could do. But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. When we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. There had to be someone who was both God and man to bring together God and men. God solved that problem by sending His Son, who had no sin in Him but took all sin on Him, was made sin for us though He knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
God’s men grow on.
In the Old Testament we read of the boy Samuel whose mother gave him to the Lord even before his birth. After he came she took him up to Eli the priest at Shiloh, and there he grew up. It was an evil age. Eli was old and his sons were immoral and the nation was backslidden. The calamity howlers and viewers-with-alarm, no doubt, were lamenting that the good old days were gone forever. But amidst all the sin and shame, the impurity and infidelity, we read, And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and also with men, reminding us of the similar verse about the child Jesus.
God’s message grows on.
When the power of God fell on Ephesus under the ministry of Paul, we read that fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified; that many believed and confessed and burned their evil books, and again there follows the comment, “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” The very essence of a spiritual awakening is this, that God’s message grows on.
Amid all the wreckage of civilization today one thing stands eternally certain: the purpose of God will prevail. We see not yet all things put under Him, but we see Jesus. The God-Man, God’s men, and God’s message are bound to win.
Here is the unbeatable combination…Here is the only inevitable progress. Here is the one growing movement that will not die.