Use Both Hands!

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Nehemiah 4:17b

Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other.


This is the story of Nehemiah and the people of Judah rebuilding the wall surrounding Jerusalem. While they were doing the work, they were constantly under threat of attack by angry locals who had gained power while the Israelites were held hostage in Babylon for seventy years. Nehemiah was the leader of this initiative and laid out a plan for his workers to build with one hand and fight with the other hand if need be. They were certainly taught to “Use Both Hands.”


As a boy, I loved playing the outfield, whether it was hardball or softball. I was a good outfielder. But I loved to catch a fly ball with one hand. Though it is common today in the big leagues, my father and my coaches would scream at me, “Use Both Hands!” The truth is the Lord gave us two hands for a reason. In this story, the men of Judah used one hand to work with and one hand to fight with. It was Solomon who said, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecc. 9:10a). There is so much to do for our Lord and so little time to get it all done that whatever it is He has called you to do, “Use Both Hands!”


Dear Jesus,

This AM, I’m ready to use everything You’ve given me with all my heart to accomplish what You’ve called me to do. With Your help, I will not waste time, and neither will I make a halfhearted effort. No! I’m ready to “Use Both Hands!” Amen


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