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Wisdom and Work

October 26, 2020

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 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 90:12, 17

How many of us make plans far into the future with what WE want to accomplish? As we know, more than ever before, in the times we are living right now, tomorrow is not promised. We also know that the Word of God is as relevant today as it was in the time of Moses. Psalm 90 is known as “A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.” Moses asked God to teach him and the people he was leading how to spend their time wisely; to not procrastinate or waste a single moment. Head knowledge is quite different than a ‘heart of wisdom.’

Years ago, I attended a spiritual retreat where, for the first time, Jesus went from my head to my heart! I knew I loved Jesus and tried to model that for my family and my Sunday school students. But I never realized until that day, when I surrendered my heart and invited the Holy Spirit in, that loving Jesus was quite a different thing than being ‘in love’ with Jesus! As a couple of people were praying over me that day, one handed me his Bible and said to read Psalm 90 aloud. I clearly remember the 17th verse taking on a whole new meaning to me: “establish the work of our hands” (another version says “prosper the work of our hands”). The preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “We come and go, but the Lord’s work abides.”

Lord, help us to have a heart for You and Your people, and to be Your hands and feet in the world, so that the work we are given to do ultimately brings You glory and builds Your kingdom.

Nancy Gerardo

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