A selection of verses encouraging us to see God's control in our lives.
Joseph saw God's hand in his brothers selling him into Egypt:
4 Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.”
They came near. He said, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now don’t be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Even after several disasters, Job acknowledged God's control in his life:
20 Then Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshipped. 21 He said, “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked will I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the LORD’s name.”
Jacob acknowledged that God influenced the fertility of his wife Rachel:
2 Jacob’s anger burnt against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in God’s place, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God has considerable influence in our lives:
18 Behold, that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labour, in which he labours under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour—this is the gift of God.
The apostle James reminds us that God gives us many good things:
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.
These chapters have links to this theme: