Our Most Wonderful Tool—Hands

Our Most Wonderful Tool—Hands

What is the most wonderful tool in the world? Is it a monkey wrench, a pair of pliers, a hammer, saw, or one of those giant automatic machines which manufacture our radios, automobiles, and toys?

No, the most wonderful tool in the world is the oldest one we have—the human hand. Yes, the human hand, old as mankind itself. And even more wonderful is the fact that we're born with this marvelous tool.

A tool is an instrument with which we make something. It isn't just for show or ornament, however lovely it might be. A hammer is made for driving nails; a saw, for cutting wood. Other tools also do just one, two, or several things. But the human hand is almost without limit in the number of jobs it can perform.

We use our hands to pick up food, tie shoelaces, drive cars, write letters, bake bread, turn pages in a book—well, in fact, you could go on all day listing what the human hand does.

If you list all the items and articles you use and see every day, every one of these except the ground and air itself was made by the human hand.

How does God intend for us to use these two marvelous tools he gave us—the most marvelous in the world? First, let's list a few of the wrong ways.

Some people use their hands to hit others. They double up this fine tool into fists—hard, round weapons. Or, they take up man-made weapons in their hands, such as guns, swords, and bombs to injure and kill. We know that God never intended that our hands be weapons or that they hold weapons, for Jesus told us "to love one another."

Other people use their hands to grab. They grab what belongs to their neighbor. When they can't get what they want by force, they use their hands to steal.

Some people use their hands to wring. That is, they just sit around being sad, rubbing one hand on the other while saying: "Oh, too bad. I wish I could do something but I can't!"

How did Jesus use his hands? Well, he didn't use them to hit, grab, or wring. First, being a carpenter, he used them for many years to build useful articles of peace. He made chairs, tables, ox yokes, rake handles, and the like.

When he stopped his carpentry work for his great ministry, he used his strong, firm, gentle hands to help people.

He touched the blind, and they saw. He laid his hands on the cripple, and they walked. He gave hungry people bread, and they went away satisfied. He put his two precious hands on the sick, and they were made well.

Finally, he carried his own cross with his two strong hands—those hands which were nailed to the wood by the cruel soldiers.

God wants us to use our hands to help. This most marvelous tool, given by him, can be a force for good or an instrument of evil. Which will it be? This is for us to decide.

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