2 December 2014

The Work Of Our Hands

The work of our hands. Psalms 90:17, 112.

Most people do something for a living, some of us like what we do, others do not. In Deuteronomy 28:12, we are told told that the Lord will bless the work of our hands, we shall be lenders only and not borrowers. God is a giver and one of his many gift to us is his blessings on everything we do. he did not make man to be idle, but wants us to use the gifts and skills he had deposited inside of us to enrich our world and ourselves. 

I read the following some where, if you have food  in the refrigerator, clothes on your back a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. 

To be able to have a job which affords all of the above, is the Lord's doing. 

There are instances where the work of our hands will not be blessed, when we forget the Lord, to appreciate him for the work of our hands, Isaiah 17:10-11 Because You have forgotten the God of your salvation, the harvest will be a heap of ruins. Here we see the danger of thinking we can do anything in our own strength. Apart from God, the work of our hands will be a pile of rubbish, we will labour for the wind and be in serious debt. Ecclesiastic 5:16.

Statistics shows that 1.96m of people are unemployed here in the UK, around the world the figure varies, the number runs into millions in 3rd world countries. 
We often take these for granted, but if we were to lose our jobs, the very thing we do with our hands, our intelligence, our minds, the story will be different, 

So do you have a job? Something you do daily which pays the bill, put food on the table, enables you to put a little away, every now and again, from which you give to the less well off, whether it's something you like or not, it is still a privilege.  Be thankful for it is the work of Gods hands. 

Dear Lord, thank you for the work of our hands.
You have freely given to us all we we have
We receive them with joy and grateful praise.

Thank you that we are able to enjoy the fruit of our labour
We are grateful for your favour in our lives, which causes others to show us favour 
You have given freely to us and we know that you intend for us to give 
Back to others

Thank you for our daily bread, 
For the clothes on our back, roof over our heads, 
And strength for each new day

At the end of each day when we are tired from the day's job remind us to whisper from a grateful heart.
"Thank you Lord".

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