“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,” refers to works that are possible. There are many things which our heart findeth to do which we never shall do. It is well it is in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart, and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present. Then do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God. Endeavour now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful as to the way in which you perform what you find to do–“do it with thy might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do to-morrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by doing things to-morrow. If we honour Christ and are blessed, it is by the things which we do today. Whatever you do for Christ throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little slurred labour, done as a matter of course now and then; but when you do serve him, do it with heart, and soul, and strength.
But where is the might of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His might lieth in the Lord of Hosts. Then let us seek his help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand findeth to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for his blessing. What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect.
Editor’s Notes: In my weakness and the deluge of my boat being tossed to and fro in this moment of a storm: what do I see? In me I see weaknesses, uncertainty, doubt, moments of anger, a dark cloud trying to hold of my life. In Christ I see:
My High Tower
Psalm 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
“The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him,my father’s God, and I will exalt him
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me
1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
[ Trials and Temptations ] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’
Prayer: Thank you Father for not giving up on me. Though I am weak, you are strong and my refuge is in you alone. In my doubtful mind and uncertainty, you spoke to my spirit by your Holy Spirit and said:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
In my anger you counseled me and reminded me:
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Thank you Father for your faithfulness and counsel of your Holy Spirit, Holy Word and the Love of Jesus Christ.