Day 5 – Giving God our Hands
Through prayer we give God our hands and all that is in our hands to do: “Establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17).
God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied (Exodus 4:2). Given over to God, the staff of Moses became the “staff of God” (Exodus 4:20; 17:9): Performing miraculous signs before Pharaoh. Dividing the Red Sea. Defeating God’s enemies. Bringing water from the rock.
Joshua had a javelin, and God told him to hold it out toward the city of Ai. When he did so, the men in the ambush rose from their position and captured the city (Joshua 8:18-19).
Shamgar had an oxgoad, a clumsy, rough weapon. But with it, he struck down 600 Philistines and saved Israel (Judges 3:31).
Gideon and his 300 men had trumpets, empty jars, and torches – strange weapons indeed. But against countless Midianites, God powerfully used these feeble instruments to accomplish his divine purpose (Judges 7:16-21).
When the Philistines tried to overcome Samson, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and with a donkey’s jawbone, he struck down 1000 men (Judges 15:14-16).
In his hand David had a lyre through which he subdued the ravings of Saul (1 Samuel 16:23). In his hand he had a sling and a stone by which he toppled Goliath and brought a victory to Israel’s armies (1 Samuel 17:49-50).
A young boy had five small barley loaves and two small fish. “But how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9). Yet with them, Jesus fed thousands of hungry people.
Mary poured out expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3). Just like the fragrance of that perfume permeated the room, Jesus declared that her story would be told and retold as the gospel is preached throughout the world (Mark 14:9).
A poor widow put two very small copper coins into the temple treasury. Jesus watched her and praised her sacrifice (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4).
With a needle, Tabitha (in Greek, Dorcas) sewed robes and other clothing, doing good for the poor. People were so moved by her death that Peter was moved by God to bring her back to life (Acts 9:36-42).
What is in your hand?
Prayer: “Lord, I give you my hands, and all that is in my hands, to serve you and others.”
~ Pastor Dave