Thursday, June 7, 2012

Are God's Hands Tired?

Are God’s hands tired?

Romans 10:21
All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.

God is faithful to us. He is slow to wrath and full of grace. He gives us time to get ourselves together. He keeps waiting for us to catch up with who he created us to be. He stands with open arms waiting for us to come to him but I wonder are his hands getting tired. I’m sure God feels like Billy Dee Williams in that movie, “Lady Sings the Blues” when Billie Holiday played by Diana Ross is sitting down with her head held down after not being received by the crowd. Billy Dee extends his hand and the unaware Billie Holiday looks down, and Billy Dee asks, “So are you just going to let my hand fall off?”

God is standing each day with his hands out to humanity, hoping we will look up at him and live. Instead, we are walking with our heads down because the world has rejected us. When we depend on the world to lift us up, we will be let down every time.

Paul warns young Timothy that in the last days there will be a lot of believers that make God’s hands tired:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

We’ve got to make sure we take heed to the grace that has been extended to us.

1. Heed correction. Proverbs 10:17 whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

2. Walk in Integrity. Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

3. Become a generous giver. Proverbs 11:24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

4. Learn discipline Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

5. Make good friends. Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Dear God,

Please establish the works of my hands even as I reach out to your extended arms. There is more that you want out of my life and through my obedience today I will give your arms some much needed rest even as I rest in your arms.

In Jesus Name,


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