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When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us and will certainly pay us back for all the wrong we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “I beg you, forgive the transgressions of your brothers and their sin. For they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please forgive the transgressions of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face and said, “We are your servants.” Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many lives. So now, do not fear. I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. — Genesis 50:15–21

God’s Invisible Hand

I am sure that people familiar with history
would say, “Well, God didn’t do anything.
We never saw any gigantic hand coming down
and picking up the Israelite people and plucking
them out of the land and scattering them. We
never saw a gigantic fist come out of the clouds
and smash that temple.” Neither of those things
was ever witnessed by anyone, so therefore
our modern secularists would conclude that
God had nothing to do with those things.

Yes, my friend, there is the invisible hand of God
in providence. All of the founding fathers of
this country believed strongly in the overriding
providence of God. George Washington had
several horses shot from under him and had four bullet holes in his coat while fighting in wars, and yet he was never hit. Even when a chief told all of his Indians during the French and Indian Wars to forget everyone else and just hit that man on the white horse, he was not touched.

And when the War for Independence had ended and Washington had seen how God had worked in one incredible way after another to advance the cause of the American armies and to impede the British, he said that the person who cannot see the providential hand of God in all of this must be worse than an infidel. Have you seen it? I am quite confident that we have many people in this nation who are worse today than infidels, because to them it is entirely invisible. And, of course, that is what the founders referred to as the “invisible hand of God.”

I don’t know about you, but when anything bad happens in my life, whether to the church, to my family, to myself, or to this nation, the first thing that I do, and I hope that you do too, is get on my knees in prayer and ask God, “Lord, is there something in my life that is causing me and others to be chastened?”