I think the Lord wants to remind me today of his sovereign hand that accomplishes his will. Ed's words are powerful today, from Ezra 7.
The divine element. This whole episode was guided by “the hand of the Lord,” Ezra 7:27,28. Persian policy became favorable because God intervened. He molded history behind the scenes. In ways the pagan monarch did not suspect, he facilitated the purposes of heaven: “teaching all who do not know the will of God,” Ezra 7:25,26.
God's providence is best seen as we look back over his care in the past, since his work is not always evident in the present. He has revealed his plan, but man cannot always see its outworking.
Focus question: Where have you seen God's hand molding your history behind the scenes?