Do It with Your Might

The Bible, which talks about faith, hope, and love, has one particular book, Ecclesiastes, which instead has a tinge of sadness. It is presumed to have been authored by the wise king Solomon. Ecclesiastes makes us aware of the emptiness, futility and vanity of human life and Solomon repeatedly says that life is like chasing the wind. But Solomon also makes several positive statements in his book, including one powerful exhortation: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might!” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Solomon does not suggest here that we do something randomly or arbitrarily. We should rather choose our aim carefully and judiciously and then put our mind, body and soul into achieving it. The aim cannot be a trivial one but must be difficult enough to require our might to be used.

Where does our might come from? From God, of course. Paul says, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10) Once we get energized by divine power, then there is nothing to stop us. As Paul says again, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) The author of Psalm 121 asks, “I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?” and he answers himself, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

The British missionary, Dr William Carey, had said, “Expect great things from God!”, and had then added, “Attempt great things for God!” He proved it in his own work. Dr Carey who is known as the father of modern missions, served as a missionary in India in the town of Serampore in West Bengal in the early decades of the nineteenth century. He took upon himself the daunting task of translating the Bible into as many as 40 Indian and Asian languages and devoted his whole life to it. There was no printing press available to him, so he established his own. The press required typefaces in the local languages, so he set up a foundry to create them himself. He needed paper for printing, so he built a paper mill.

Truly, whatever work you decide to do, do not take it lightly. Do not treat is as unimportant. Do it with your might! God will add his immeasurable power to make things happen and bring you success. He will turn a seemingly ordinary task into a great accomplishment for you!

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