Recognizing the Hand of God

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 11-13.
After Saul died, Israel had no king. However, the nation gathered together at Hebron to David and said to him, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh. Also, in time past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over My people Israel'” (1Ch 11:1, 2). From the time that David defeated Goliath, Israel recognized that God had given to them David as a leader. Therefore, when the time came for a new king, they saw him as the logical choice, “Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel” (v. 3). David did not demand to be made king, but he let the Lord work throu gh the nation and they could see God’s hand at work in the life of David.
You can recognize God’s hand at work in matters also by doing two things:
1. Know the Scriptures first. The Scriptures will show you how God works.
2. Observe life around you and compare it to what you see of God in the Scriptures.
When you do those things, you will have a good idea of how God works in various situations. Do not hurry things, even as David did not hurry things, but be patient and in time, you shall see the will of God.

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