Talking Hands Devotional

Talking Hands

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 02, 2010

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  James 4:8

One of my habits is to watch people's hands.  When I was a kid, I had an artist's book on drawing hands and faces and I'd practice and practice sketching hands so I guess that's where I got my quirky fascination with studying people's hands.  I just began noticing people's hands all the time and still find myself doing it today.

You can learn so much about a person just by looking at their hands. You can tell what kind of work they do, if they are out in the sun much, whether they are strong, and other things.  You can even see aging on someone's hands.

I always think it's funny when you see celebrities on TV that have had plastic surgery on their faces, because you can still look at their hands and tell basically how old they are.  The hands seem to give tell-tell signs of a person.  Our hands talk to others whether we know it or not.

I was thinking about this one day and began wondering what people see when they observe my own hands.  The Lord brought several things to mind that I think I'd like my hands to reflect and the kind of things I'd like my hands to say of me.

Hands of Compassion.

These were the kind of hands the Good Samaritan had in Luke 10 when he saw the man that was stripped of his clothes and wounded.

The Bible says

...and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.  Luke 10:33

Hands of Mercy.

Not only did the Good Samaritan have hands of compassion but he also had hands of mercy.  He didn't stop with the compassion he felt but also showed acts of mercy to the hurt man with his hands in Luke 10:34.

He bound the man's wounds with his hands.  He poured the oil and wine with his hands.  Set him on his beast with his hands.  He took him to the inn with his hands, and paid for the man's hotel bill with his hands.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.  Luke 10:33-37

Hands of Hospitality.

The people in the church of Ephesis knew what it was like to have this type of hands.  Paul makes mention of it in Acts 20:34. 

Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

We need to dive right in when we can be hospitable to minister and meet the needs of others.

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  I Peter 4:9

Hands of Productivity.

The Proverbs 31 woman had this in her hands.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.  Proverbs 31:13

Ecclesiastis 9:10 reminds us

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;

Hands of Prayer.

Daniel was one with hands of prayer and he didn't let anything stop him from his commitment to talk to God.  After the king declared that no one should make petitions to anyone but to him, Daniel went on as he always had where prayer was concerned.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  Daniel 6:10

Hands of Strength.

Remember the people that were helping Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem?

Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.  Nehemiah 2:18

We can't really have strong hands unless we rely on the God of strong hands.  We have to rely on His strength and what wonderful strength it is.  Think how he keeps us in His hands.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

I and my Father are one.  John 10:27-30

Hands of Love.

God is our ultimate example of someone with hands of love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

We are to manifest love too.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  John 13:34

Hands of Cleanliness.

Most of us don't like our hands to be dirty or like to see dirty hands on someone else for all that matter.  That nasty dirt under the nails and an overall appearance of unkempt hands just doesn't appeal to our senses. However, spiritually speaking we aren't always so well kept.

What is so sad about it is that when we have the least little bit of dirt or sin on our hands, we've broken fellowship with the Lord.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  James 4:8

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:9


What we do with our hands and the fruit we bear from them has a big impact on us and on those around us.  I hope that I can improve my hands appearance, not physically, but spiritually speaking.

Perhaps we need a manicure set for our spiritual hands.  Maybe a pair of cuticle scissors to cut out some of those worldly things we don't need.  An emery board to file away those rough spots that shouldn't be there.  A pair of nail clippers to clip off that overgrowth of self that we all get.  And an application of nail polish supplied by the coating of the Holy Spirit.

Maybe if we kept our hands manicured spiritually, they'd talk to others about us in a positive way.

So, what are your hands saying?

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