Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” – Ecclesiastes 9:10.
When Solomon says, “Whatever your hand finds to do,” he means that there is always work to be done. There is always something to do. Famous British preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories.” I believe this verse challenges us at Christmas time and any other time to grab hold of the day-to-day responsibilities we face, and do them to the best of our ability.
Some of us grow bored with the ordinary. Many of us dream of greatness, of someday being someone important, someone respected for their accomplishments. Here’s the rub: we live in the here and now. I believe it is better to take this day in hand and “do it with all your might” than to waste hours dreaming about what we would rather be doing.
Reformer Martin Luther said, “A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God. If your job is shoveling manure, than do your best and shovel that manure for the glory of God.” Luther’s point is that if we do our job well each day we honor God just as much as the brain surgeon who extends someone’s life.
Even though none of us wants to hear that we are going to the grave, it is a fact we all need to face sooner and later. This life is not a dress rehearsal. We only get one chance to do whatever we’re going to do here on planet earth. Our time on earth will be over sooner than most of us care to admit. Nobody wants to have a legacy of “I was fixing to do that” or “my intention was to do that soon”or “I wish I had dome more to show the love of God to others.”
“Whatever your hand finds to do . . .” Judges 9:33 reads, “Then in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, rise early and rush upon the city. And when he and the people who are with him come out against you, you may do to them as your hand finds to do.” In 1 Samuel 10:6–7 Samuel tells Saul, “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”
The idea expressed here isn’t to do whatever we want to do. But at some point, we have to entrust ourselves to the Lord and do what our hands find to do. Another way of understanding this phrase is to do “whatever you are able to do” with what is right in front of you. If you’re a student, apply yourself to your studies. There are many other examples. As Christians, there are opportunities right in front of us to make others Christmas a little more merry and bright. We just need to do it.
It is not easy, but don’t worry if these acts of giving seem unappreciated or unrewarded. We don’t have to make sense of it all, because we know God works all things for the good of those who love and wait for Him. In this way, Paul writes in Colossians 3: 23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
1. Read Ecclesiastes 9:10: how should we treat everything we do ?
2. Who is your ultimate master, boss, employer? To whom do you give your best energy, time, and resources?
3. Pray that the Lord might enable you to “work at it (God’s calling on your life) with all of your heart… as you are doing it and giving it for the Lord?
4. What can we do this Christmas to make a white Christmas for others?