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The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances (edition 2001)

by Alistair Begg

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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 Alistair 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.… (more)
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Title:The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances
Authors:Alistair Begg
Info:Moody Publishers (2001), Edition: New Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:The Nature Of God
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This book is so incredibly easy to read and understand. I love that Alistair takes the story of Joseph, which we all know in one way or another (as he points out, most know about his multi-color coat), and gives it more depth and makes it relevant to our own life. He also ties Romans 8 into the story and explains why we can trust God in our lives.

Mr. Begg shows us how Joseph was strong in his faith and trusted God in all circumstances. He explains how God's promise to work things out for our good is so evident in all the circumstances of Joseph's life.

Another thing you can trust is that this book is Biblical. Alistair Begg is a pastor who teaches Biblical truths in a way that is relate-able and trustworthy. I listen to his radio program daily and his teaching is always excellent, just like this book.

I loved how he explains that Joseph's character was developing despite the conflict in his own family as a child and young man. His faith in God was developing and growing strong despite the opposition he received from his brothers. This was very encouraging to me as we all can grow our character despite our circumstances and, sometimes, because of them.

I came away from this book knowing that I can trust God and that He will work all my circumstances out for my good. I also loved that he encouraged us to use our gifts and reach out to others even as we get older. It's a wonderful book that I can highly recommend to everyone. I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Moody Publishers. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book. ( )
  Julie.D | Feb 23, 2019 |
The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances by Alistair Begg is a very highly recommended reprint of the classic Biblical study of the life of Joseph life. In it Pastor Begg presents a life-lesson for all Christians.

Most Christians know Romans 8:28: "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." But how many of us actually believe what the verse promises? There is no place where the Bible promises an easy life for believers. Often too many of us think that there won't be trials and tribulations. In fact, in John 15:33 Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble." What a better life to help us study the meaning of Romans 8:28 than the life of Joseph (son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham).

Joseph was blessed by God and guided by His hand, but his life was not easy. How many of us have been thrown into a well and then sold by our brothers to a passing merchant, who then takes us to another country, Egypt, and sells as a slave? Uh, not many. Sure we have problems, but usually nothing that awful. But Joseph kept his faith, even when he was doing his job, had a false accusation made against him, and was then thrown into prison/a dungeon. Most people know that Joseph still had more trials to endure beyond this.

Through it all, though, Joseph knew that God would work all things for His good. Joseph didn't blame God, he trusted God was in charge of the situation, good and bad, and kept his faith. Bad things do happen to good people. This is a vital lesson for Christians to learn. We need to keep trusting God's providence through the storms of life and not just expecting blessings. Joseph knew this and his faith in God allowed him to endure awful situations with complete confidence that God is in charge. Joseph trusted God and saw the hand of God in his life, lovingly guiding him through his trials and struggles, leading him to a place of peace and reconciliation.

This is an excellent Bible study and a wonderful reminder of what God can do in spite of the many circumstances we encounter. Embracing God's providence for our lives can bring a real sense of comfort that God is in control and our role is to just believe and trust in Him. Certainly during the holidays this can be a timely reminder that no matter what family drama may be going on, God is in charge and he only requires you to keep your faith and know He is in charge.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Moody Publishers.
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  SheTreadsSoftly | Dec 20, 2018 |
This book was a gift from a pastor-friend of mine. It was truly a blessing.

"The Hand of God" is an in-depth look at the life of Joseph. Begg takes him from childhood to the grave, all the while making timely applications for today's believer. Of particular benefit to me were his chapters on temptation and forgiveness.

I must admit that when I began to read the book, I felt something was missing. Then I began to read, imagining the words being pronounced in Begg's Scottish accent, and the book came alive. He writes like he speaks.

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  brazilnut72 | Jan 1, 2007 |
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