Sunday Meditation – The Hand of God

“If Job had not seen God in his affliction, he would have cried out, ‘O these wretched Chaldeans, they have plundered and spoiled me!’ Job discerned God’s commission in their hands and laid his hand upon his mouth. Aaron, beholding the hand of God in the untimely death of his sons, held his peace (Lev 10:3). The sight of God in this sad stroke is a bridle both to his mind and mouth. Joseph saw the hand of God in his brothers selling him into Egypt (Gen 45:8). Men that do not see God in an affliction are easily cast into a feverish fit. They will quickly be in a flame, and when their passions are up, they will begin to be saucy, and make no bones of telling God to his face that they do well to be angry (Jon 4:8-9). Those who see the hand of God in their afflictions, will, with David, lay their hands upon their mouths (2 Sam 16:11-12). If God’s hand is not seen, the heart will fret and rage under affliction. Aaron saw God’s sovereignty, and it silenced him. Job saw God’s majesty, and it stilled him. Eli saw God’s authority, and it quieted him (1 Sam 3:11, 19). When afflictions arrest us, we shall murmur and grumble and struggle until we see that it is God that strikes. We must see him as King of kings, and Lord of lords and stoop under his almighty majestic hand.”

Thomas Brooks

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