Did you know there are 27 bones in the human hand? The articulation of the human hand is more complex, complicated, and delicate than any of the comparable organs in us or any other animal for that matter. Without this extra articulation, we would not be able to operate a wide variety of tools and devices, nor achieve the wide variety of possible hand gestures.
With the use of these God-given tools, with the use of these hands, every single day through the gift of modern medicine, and through the fragile delicacies of modern surgical procedures, doctors are able to restore life. Likewise, with the use of the same God-given tools, soldiers are trained to fight, to protect and defend their country, their families, their livelihood. Tragically, with the use of the same God-given tools, many who disregard the value of life end the lives of others – both the born and unborn. It is amazing if you stop and think about it – that with the use of our hands, we have the power to restore life or snuff it out.
Since the beginning of time, we have been communicating with the use of our hands. As I read the story in Exodus 17, I’m inspired to ask the question, “What is so important about the lifting of the arms and hands of Moses?” Why is it that through the pages of both the Old and New Testaments we are encouraged, even commanded at times, to lift our hands in prayer, in song, in worship to God. It has brought me a place this week where I have been faced with this question: If God were to walk in and say to us “Reach Up to Me” would we do it?
I hope you can join us this coming Sunday as I am so excited to dig deep into this story found in Exodus 17 and through the pages of Scripture as we look at why and how we can REACH UP to God in our worship and the way we live our lives.