I was studying the Bible and came across Acts 13:11 where Paul cursed Elymas the sorcerer:
“And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”
Another version says: “the hand of the Lord is AGAINST thee”. So I wondered knowing that the hand of the Lord was against this guy for evil. But I also remembered reading in the same book of Acts where the Hand of the Lord was with some people for good. Acts 11:21:
“And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.”
So the Hand of the Lord can be WITH or AGAINST someone or a group of people. I wanted more examples from the Bible, so I did a search of “the hand of the Lord”; a lot of verses popped up. You should check them out. It’s funny how I never took note of this.
Food for thought:
It seems that when the Lord’s hand is with someone, it can also be called “the grace of God” because when Barnabas went to Antioch where those people believed (Acts 11:20-21), the Bible records in verse 23 that Barnabas saw “the grace of God”.
Prayer: “May the hand of the Lord be with me for good”