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The Invisible Hand of God
In an address before the Assembly of Connecticut in 1783 Ezra Stile, then president of Yale, made a stunning speech.
“In our lowest and most dangerous state in 1776 and 1777 we sustained ourselves against the British army of sixty thousand troops, commanded by.. The ablest generals Britain could procure through Europe, with a naval force of twenty two thousand seaman. Who but Washington, inspired by Heaven could have conceived the surprise move upon the enemy at Princeton.. That Christmas eve when Washington and his army crossed the Delaware?
Who but the Ruler of the winds, could have delayed British reinforcements by three months of contrary ocean winds at a critical point of the war? Or what but a providential miracle at the last minute detected the treacherous scheme of traitor Benedict Arnold, which would have delivered the American army, including George Washington himself, into the hands of the enemy? It is God who so ordered the balancing interests of nations as to produce an irresistible motive in the European maritime powers to take our part…”
God is at work in our nation in ways we do not know. He sees beyond the present. He sees the future. He knows what we are going to go through. And without a doubt GOD intercedes. Do you really believe that? Do you have confidence to know that the invisible hand of God is working?
He is not only working in our country, He is working in our lives. Every day the invisible hand of God is overlooking your life and intercedes in your behalf. The Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.
Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
Remember the struggle that Joseph endured while in slavery in Egypt. He did not fail to recognize the invisible hand of God. In response to his brother’s repentance, Joseph responded, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.”
Joseph’s brothers intended to bring about his destruction, Pharaoh sought to destroy all the Hebrew baby boys. Instead, God used this evil command to preserve His servant Moses and to place him in the one house in which he would have access to all the “wisdom of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22).
When you think all is lost, that there is no way to move forward, no way to hold on remember that God is at work behind the scenes. He knows what is happening in our lives. Trust Him that He knows what is best. The surrounding circumstances may be dim but God sees a picture far beyond our limited time, space, and environment.