Prosper the Work of Our Hands

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Psalm 90:13-17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands. (v. 17)

The only thing that makes life worth living, whatever our age or condition, is service
for the Lord. Moses, the author of Psalm 90, lived a long time and knew this truth well.
Indeed, he was one hundred twenty years old when he died: his sight unimpaired and his
vigor not abated (Deut. 34:7). This is the same man who said we can expect seventy years,
or eighty at the most.

The truth is no one knows for sure how long one will live. There are physical and
environmental indicators, and educated guesses called actuarial tables, but only God
knows. Moses’ life span was off the chart. He was healthy and sharp until the end. He
probably wrote this psalm at about age eighty, early in Israel’s wilderness journey.
Little did he know he still had forty years of hard work ahead!

None of us knows what we’ll face or how long we have. Even those genetically
predisposed to some diseases can’t be sure they’ll get them. Whatever may happen, Moses
says, “work.” Ask God to prosper what you do, and do everything for his glory. Don’t sit
around worrying about the future. Look at what God is doing and join the action. Stay busy
serving him, however you can, until the end. The Christian life isn’t defined by age or
worry about aging but by joyful work for the Lord, as long as he gives strength to hands
and head.

PRAYER

God, help me to be at peace about tomorrow, so I can serve you today. Amen.