God’s Providential Hand

Why did that person help me? Why did I find favor before their eyes? Nehemiah 2:8 gives us the answer to that. Nehemiah had been asked by the king what he would request, in regard to the problem of Jerusalem being in a state of disrepair, so Nehemiah quickly prayed, and gave the king a specific list of things he wanted. Verse 8 says: “And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me.” This passage reminds us that God has the power to give us favor before whomever He wishes.

Perhaps you have had the sense before, of finding favor with a leader or some other person. Why did they help you? Why were they receptive to your dilemma or request? Nehemiah 2:8 teaches us that it was because God’s hand was on you, and He caused you to find favor before them. When God’s hand is on you, He will grant you to find favor from whomever He wishes you to have it!

This should be yet another cause for us to trust God’s providence. God is good and does good, Psalm 119:68 teaches us, so we can trust the direction He gives us even through the way that others receive us: government officials, prospective employers or business partners, potential marriage partners, and so on. If He wishes us to find favor with someone, because He has His hand upon us, and that is His plan and purpose, we will. If He does not, then we should trust that we did not really want to have whatever it was!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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