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excited about the work that we do.
Many years before Moses or Joshua, there was a story of a man named Joseph who exemplified this principle of the Lord blessing the work of one’s hands.
“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.”
Sadly, there is a misunderstanding of how blessings work today in the realm of finances. For whatever reason, there is this thinking that just because we are Christians we are blessed in the realm of finances. Although we are a blessed people in many ways, this doesn’t automatically cause us to prosper as we sit on the couch to watch TV all day, eating chips and ice cream.
There is no doubt that God plans to prosper His children. There is no doubt that as we put our hands to work, the Lord will prosper it. The problem comes from believing that we don’t have to do anything and God will just prosper us.
There are many verses throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, about “blessing the works of your hands.” Here are a few from the Book of Deuteronomy.
“The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.”
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
Let’s look at two points that most people tend to miss as they read these passages.
Point number one: God will prosper what you put your hand to. Look over those scriptures once again. Notice the hands of the blessed ones. In these particular scriptures they are referring to a farmer who provided labour prior to reaping a harvest.
These farmers did all the hard work necessary to see good results. They did all the right things, in specific order, to see some kind of result in the end. Even in the story of Joseph, in order for the master to see results, Joseph had to labour at something to impress him.
But point number two is the one that many people miss. However, today you will not miss this, and it will become the catalyst to your prosperity.
Point number two: there is a season that must occur in order to see results, and that includes time and rain. Deuteronomy 28:12 spells it out clearly that rain must occur in order for crops to grow. Some people don’t like the rain, especially when it seems to happen a lot. However, rain is a requirement for success. There are metaphors that include rain: “Don’t rain on my parade.” It makes rain out to be a bad thing.
Things happen in our life. Sometimes we can’t explain them. Many times we feel angry or upset with God because they did happen. But through those times God does a work on our life as He carries us through. Remember, “it rains on the just and the unjust.” Do you remember this verse?
Just because you put your hands to something and it didn’t work out, there is still something happening inside you. God is still working out your details. We just need to find out how to get in line with His plans. It’s frustrating not knowing what lies ahead or not seeing the results we expected, but as the season unfolds it becomes clear.
Deuteronomy 28:12 spells out that a season is needed. This means that time must unfold. Now, God is Lord over time, and can prosper your hands outside of time. Look at how Jesus turned water into aged wine. Miraculous things can happen, and often do. But the majority of time, you will experience a season, a waiting period, a time of preparation.
Re-read Deuteronomy 2:7 and notice that even though they wandered in the desert they lacked nothing. Many people would prefer to not wander and stay settled, but even during tough times (rain and seasons), God still prospers the work of your hands.
We are blessed to know Christ and it is reasonable to believe that He will bless our hands. But we need to do our part and put our hands to something. Let’s allow God to carry us through the seasons and help us get through the rains. In time, those rains will produce a harvest. During our waiting time, we should be putting our hands to building the storehouse so that we have someplace to put the harvest. We should be learning how to renew our mind in the realm of finances, so that we are good stewards of the harvest as it comes flooding in and we are not overwhelmed by his blessing.
This article was an excerpt from “Renewing the Mind; Seeing Money From A Different Perspective.”
This book is now available on Amazon.com for Kindle readers.
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