Establish the Work of Our Hands

by jknox on October 2, 2012

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
– Psalm 90:17

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
– 1 Corinthians 3:7

Oftentimes, the work I’m doing these days is referred to as “support raising” or “fund raising.” I use these terms (preferring the former) without much thought, but someone asked me a question recently that made me think about “support raising.” The question was “How’s it been going as you’ve been looking for support?” I don’t think the question was intended to make me think. But it did make me think. It made me think about the fact that I’m not the one actually “raising” our support. If God is raising us up to serve Him by serving university students in Madrid, He is just as surely raising up specific churches and people to send us to that work. God is the one raising our support; I’m simply given the task of looking for the support that God is raising. The “looking” is still hard work and all of us are called to be diligent in that work that we do; but it is of infinite comfort to regularly remember that God is the one who establishes the work of our hands. God is the one who gives the growth.

Do you give God the glory and the credit He deserves when circumstances are going well? Do you rest in God’s control when your day (or your life) isn’t going as you had planned? Do you get upset with people or objects when they don’t respond the way you’d like? How does God’s sovereignty impact the value of the time you spend in prayer? How could you make prayer a more regular part of your day? These are some of the questions we should ask ourselves if we wish to trust in the Lord’s sovereignty. As you labor in your work, don’t neglect to labor just as earnestly in prayer, asking God to establish the work of your hands.

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