The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances by Alistair Begg
Moody Publishers: 1/1/19 (reprint)
eBook review copy; 256 pages
The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances by
Begg is a very highly recommended reprint of the classic Biblical
study of the life of Joseph life. In it Pastor Begg presents a
life-lesson for all Christians.
Most Christians know Romans 8:28: "We
know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose." But how many of us
actually believe what the verse promises? There is no place where the
Bible promises an easy life for believers. Often too many of us think
that there won't be trials and tribulations. In fact, in John 15:33
Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble." What a better life to help us study the meaning of Romans 8:28 than the life of Joseph
(son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham).
was blessed by God and guided by His hand, but his life was not easy.
How many of us have been thrown into a well and then sold by our
brothers to a passing merchant, who then takes us to another country,
Egypt, and sells as a slave? Uh, not many. Sure we have problems, but
usually nothing that awful. But Joseph kept his faith, even when he was
doing his job, had a false accusation made against him, and was then
thrown into prison/a dungeon. Most people know that Joseph still had
more trials to endure beyond this.
it all, though, Joseph knew that God would work all things for His
good. Joseph didn't blame God, he trusted God was in charge of the
situation, good and bad, and kept his faith. Bad things do happen to
good people. This is a vital lesson for Christians to learn. We need to
keep trusting God's providence through the storms of life and not just
expecting blessings. Joseph knew this and his faith in God allowed him
to endure awful situations with complete confidence that God is in
charge. Joseph trusted God and saw the hand of God in his life, lovingly guiding him through his trials and
struggles, leading him to a place of peace and reconciliation.
This is an excellent Bible study and a wonderful reminder of what God
can do in spite of the many circumstances we encounter. Embracing God's
providence for our lives can bring a real sense of comfort that God is
in control and our role is to just believe and trust in Him. Certainly
during the holidays this can be a timely reminder that no matter what
family drama may be going on, God is in charge and he only requires you
to keep your faith and know He is in charge.
My review copy was courtesy of Moody Publishers.