God has an eternal purpose which depends on nothing except what he has decided within himself. Being God, he orders all events everywhere in such a way that his purpose is served and his name is glorified. By his word alone he created from nothing the whole universe to be the stage for these events, and he personally controls everything and everyone on that stage. And so it is that those who are doctrinally instructed study history, read the newspaper, and greet all the joys and heartbreaks of life, in a completely different way to the doctrinally ignorant. They look up to heaven and in everything give thanks.