Christians are always in danger of applying worldly standards to their outlook of life and history, but we should never forget that our entire attitude to the questions which agitate the minds of men has been changed at conversion. For example, we ought to look on the passage of time differently. Men of the world count time as it flies in a "negative" direction, away from the cradle towards the grave, whereas the Christian ought to view the flight of years as a "positive" factor moving towards the consummation of his hopes, the return of His Lord. Men sigh, "another year gone". The Christian sings, "A days march nearer home".
Another danger is that of short-sightedness. We tend to become obsessed with what is momentary. The events of one year, of one generation, appal us, because we so readily deduce wrong conclusions. The best corrective for that is a true perspective based upon a knowledge of the final purpose of God as revealed in Scripture. No matter how divergent our interpretations of details may be, the grand objective is commonly acknowledged that God is slowly moving towards His own appointed goal. The sceptre of universal government is reserved for One only, and He, the Son of Man. Evil seems at times to triumph, but unwittingly, wicked men are but furthering the purpose of God as He overturns their devices and makes the wrath of man to praise Him.
Careless seems the great Avenger; historys pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.
(J R Lowell)