devotion - God Gets His Hands Dirty

God Gets His Hands Dirty

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— Hebrews 2:14 NIV

One rainy day during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers attempting to raise a wooden beam to a high position. The corporal in charge was shouting encouragement, but the soldiers couldn’t get the beam in position. After watching their lack of success, Washington asked the corporal why he didn’t join in and help. The corporal replied, “Don’t you realize that I am the corporal?” Very politely, General Washington replied, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Corporal, I did”.

Our God is involved. Our God is committed to us.

Washington dismounted his horse and went to work with the soldiers to get the oak beam in position. As they finished, General Washington wiped perspiration from his face, and said: “If you should need help again, call on Washington, your commander-in-chief, and I will come.”

An even more stunning example of leadership is found in the Bible.

Hebrews 2:14

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son (Jesus) also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying…

Far from being aloof and apathetic, the God of all Creation got his hands dirty when he chose to become a human being. But it didn’t stop with just getting dirty, he also was bloodied. God became a human being because it was the only way the human race could be rescued. Our God is involved. Our God is committed to us.


Lord God, you know our human weaknesses and frailties. You know our needs and cares. We do not in any way deserve your help, Lord, but we truly need it. Therefore we come to you. Give us peace of mind, so that we may face the difficulties that now confront us. Strengthen our weak faith, lead us with your strong hand, and work things out so that they serve our eternal good. In Jesus’ name,