The Hand of God
Finding His Care in All Circumstances
Are we hapless victims of life’s whims? Are we driven along by some blind and impersonal force? Are we battered by circumstances beyond all control?
A thousand times, “No!” says pastor and author Ailistair Begg. Instead, Begg says we are the objects of God’s providential care. We reside under His guiding and protecting hand.
In this richly textured study of Joseph’s life, readers will see God at work shaping Joseph’s circumstances so that he can ultimately redeem and reconcile his family. And they’ll see the hand of God in their own lives, lovingly guiding them through their disappointments and struggles to a place of peace.
It’s an amazing and comforting fact: God rules and overrules in the circumstances of life.
God’s authority is neither capricious nor vindictive—quite the contrary—God works through the circumstances of life to bring about something miraculous, something abundantly good, even out of what we perceive to be our darkest moments. We can entrust the baggage of our past, the fears of our present, and the prospects of our future to the God who cares.
Table of Contents
1) Family Ties
2) A New Coat, Big Dreams, and a Long Trip
3) Sold, Sad, and Safe
4) A Decision to Make
5) A Powerful Response to Temptation
6) Back in the Hole Again
7) A Game Plan for Suffering
8) Lessons from the Dungeon
9) Pharaoh’s Dream and Joseph’s Plan
10) Three Crucial Conversations
11) From Egypt to Canaan and Back Again
12) One Moment in Time
13) A Lesson in Forgiveness
14) A Pilgrim’s Progress
15) After the Funeral
16) Facing Death, Leaving a Legacy
About the Author
Alistar Begg (Trent University; London School of Theology; Westminster Seminary) was born in Scotland and spent the first 30 years of life in the United Kingdom. Since September of 1983, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. He is the daily speaker on the national radio program Truth For Life which stems from his weekly Bible teaching at Parkside, and is the author of Made For His Pleasure, Lasting Love, and What Angels Wish They Knew. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children.