The origin of the hand of God likely began during the reign of King Belshazzar. Following the Babylonian’s conquest of Israel and subsequent exile, the hand of God arrived on the scene. This event could not be explained by modern enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Thus, Daniel was recommended to interpret the hand behind these words.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote, Daniel 5:5.
In the years that have followed, there is just as much confusion now as then. Few people today have the spiritual insight like Daniel possessed. Whether its an anointing, keen awareness or special training, recognizing the hand of God in any aspect of life is difficult. Those who knew Daniel referred to his ability as having the spirit of the gods within him.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 1 Peter 5:6.
Today, many false prophets exist, claiming to know the hand behind God’s plan. However, if you read their books, follow their teaching and test these predictions, inconsistencies abound. In view of this dilemma, its better to follow the words of the apostle Paul above. The Old Testament is filled with examples of God humbling the proud and lifting up the meek. Thus, whether you are able to discern the hand of God or not, remember to stay humble and God’s favor will fall upon you.
by Jay Mankus