The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. ~Job 17:9
One of the basic and most important ways of staying healthy is to wash your hands frequently. A lot of people get ill because of germs they get on their hands that are not washed off fast enough. In the past, the mortality rate for surgeries and mothers giving birth to babies was very high due to a lack of enforcement of doctors and nurses to wash their hands. Clean hands are essential for good health, medical procedures, food preparation, and social contact. Job said, “He that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”
We see the priority.
“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). Hands are a symbol of work. Clean hands symbolize the importance of serving God with a pure heart and motive. The priests that served God in the Tabernacle always had to stop at a laver filled with water and wash their hands and feet. God requires clean hands in our work for Him. God requires clean hands in our worship of Him. God requires clean hands when we pray to Him. We cannot avoid getting dirt and germs on our hands. In a spiritual sense, we can’t avoid touching sin and contaminating our lives. James said, “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners.”
We see the practice.
Washing our hands with soap and running hot water is the best way to clean our hands. Water is a picture of God’s Word. We must be thoroughly in the Word in order to be clean. Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” The Word of God is a cleansing agent. We must confess our sins to God for our cleansing. The blood of Jesus Christ keeps on cleansing us from our sin. We must examine our hearts daily to seek for forgiveness and cleansing so that our service for the Lord is not impaired. Let us make having clean hands a diligent practice. Let us make having clean hands a daily practice.
We see the promise.
“He that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” First, a servant of God who makes a pure life a priority is someone God favors. He is someone who demonstrates his fear of the Lord and respect for God’s holiness. He is someone who is trusted with the filling of the Holy Spirit. Second, he is someone who is fruitful. God blesses the prayers of a person who is clean. God blesses the soulwinning efforts of a person who is clean. God blesses the preaching of the man who has clean hands. Third, he is someone who demonstrates the fear of the Lord. There is a holy reverence depicted with clean hands. Clean hands are the secret to being stronger and stronger.
Clean hands are important for protecting our immune system. Spiritually, clean hands protect our spiritual life from contamination. David could confidently say, “I have… washed my hands in innocency.” Being spiritually healthy begins by being washed from our sins. Do you have clean hands?
Have a clean God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Judges 10-12