Isaiah 41: A Conqueror From the East

Who directs world events? Who has that power?  Is it the nations themselves?  Is it politics, economics, and diplomacy?  Is it the power of each of the nations’ local deities?  Did anybody, in fact, see these world events even coming? Do things “just happen,” or is God at work?  Are we part of a larger story, or is the meaning of our lives up to us alone?  God answers God’s own question, but to a deaf world.