The favor of God in our work

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 ESV)

Can you imagine what it would be like to succeed in everything you do? It would certainly be fun and exciting because your confidence will build with every accomplishment. It would feel like everything your hand touches turns into gold because you brought something of value into the world.

Now that would be an awesome power to have, but the truth is that we don’t have any ability apart from God. The psalmist here is acknowledging the Lord as the source of all good, including the fruit of our labors.

Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I were just a conduit allowing God to work his will through me, enabling me to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus. Would the blind be able to see and the deaf be able to hear? Would people be healed from their ailments, and would everyone glorify God because of all these miracles? After all, Jesus did say, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father (John‬ ‭14:12‬).

Is that even possible? According to Jesus, it is an absolute guarantee. So I am now pulled into this pursuit of God’s plans while trying to cast aside my personal agenda. Each day becomes an exercise of releasing any expectations I may have and leaving more room for God’s interruptions. Though they may seem like inconveniences, they are probably the most important part of the day because my faith is being tested, shaped, and perfected for his glory.

So what miracles and divine works are we looking for each day? If we surrender our will, it is possible that we may see and experience more than we can ever imagine. The miracle of one saved soul because of simple obedience will have an eternal reward deposited into our heavenly account.

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