Some day all men, Christians and unbelievers alike, will see life in retrospect, in the light of eternity and without the limitations of time.

For the Christian retrospect will mean the vindication of faith, and anticipation will become realization. Mysteries will merge into understanding; the baffling reflection in the mirror of the world’s experience will be clarified as we see reality face to face.

We all will be amazed at how seemingly trivial incidents will be revealed as God-devised turning points in our lives, while many things we have thought so important will be seen as mere trivialities.

Many seeming disasters will be seen as blessings, delays as of God’s appointing, frustrations as the restraints of his loving hand.

Probably our greatest surprise will be at our own obtuseness—our failure to accept and live by the clear teachings of God’s Word.

We will discover that the Apostle Paul was not indulging in a flight of fancy when he said, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This truth will be seen to be the dominating principle of God’s dealings with his own.

In retrospect the Christian will echo the Psalmist’s words, “I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me” (Ps. 119:75).

When we look back on our lives, the words of Psalm 103 will come spontaneously from our lips and hearts.

Another of the Christian’s reactions in his retrospect will be recognition of his failure to appreciate the supernatural forces with which he has been surrounded in this life. Then he will see the unseen and believe that of which only too often he has been oblivious; “the angel of the Lord” who ...

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