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How can I recognise God's hand at work in my life?

Several passages in the Bible speak of God's hand moving and directing humans (1 Samuel 5:11; 2 Chronicles 30:12; Job 19:21; 27:11; Ecclesiastes 2:24; 9:1). These verses do not imply that God has a hand in everything. God is spirit, according to the Bible (John 4:24), and He does not have a physical body in His essence. This isn't to say that God can't take on a bodily form; the Bible mentions God taking on a physical form several times. God's hand does not refer to a physical body part. Rather, we are governed by the hand of God, just as a parent gently guides and patiently disciplines his kid with his hand.

The expression "hindsight is 20/20" appears to be especially accurate when it comes to God's hand moving. We are sometimes ignorant of how God is directing us when we are going through a difficult or perplexing period. Years later, it becomes abundantly evident why God guided us through that ordeal in the manner that He did. Looking back, God's hand may clearly be seen moving, directing, protecting, and so on. A period of tribulation is rarely pleasurable. At the same time, there are numerous situations in which a challenge or struggle is regarded as the most spiritually significant period in a person's life. When we face various hardships, James encourages us to "consider it pure joy" (James 1:2), because they are extremely beneficial to our spiritual lives.

What can we do to better recognise God's hand at work in our lives? First and foremost, we must become acquainted with God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which explains who God is and what He accomplishes. Reading God's Word helps us comprehend how God works and how we should respond to Him in the same way that reading an instruction manual helps us understand how to use a specific item. Second, we must pray to communicate with God. We can pray to God for guidance (James 1:5). We might pray God to assist us in recognising and accepting His hand. We can thank Him for guiding us in the right direction. We can ask Him to assist us in learning His lesson in His time, for however long His hand is leading us.

Finally, we must have faith in God. We often battle against God's hand, just as a son often resists against his father's leadership, not trusting his judgement or accepting his discipline: "Why did You allow this to happen? Why do I have to do that? Isn't there another option?" While asking these concerns in a humble manner is not immoral, doubting God's goodness or the excellence of His plan is. Many times in our life, we exacerbate an experience by failing to believe and obey God, as well as failing to learn the desired lesson promptly.

God's hand represents God's direction, instruction, and discipline. We shall be better able to follow God's lead if we can discern His hand. We can learn to recognise, trust, and appreciate the hand of God operating in our lives by studying God's Word, having a strong prayer life, and having an abiding confidence in God.

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