Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10
No matter where a person looks there are people working. Many are working for pay and many are working without pay, but for need or pleasure. While working for pay is needed, there are also many other types of work that people can do without pay.
Some common types of work without a direct paycheck are cleaning the house or dishes, gardening, taking care of the lawn, cooking a meal, maintaining a car, and much more. For some people these things can be a hard task to accomplish, while for others it is a great pleasure.
However, in both types of work, many people try to do as little as possible.
Solomon says that a person must do the work with all of his abilities and strength. The reason is that there will come a time when one cannot work.
Believers, just like non-believers will often do the minimum work possible. They want to get by as easy as possible, not putting their heart and efforts into their work.
Several thousand years later, Paul said that everything a person does should be done as if doing it for the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31). This is everything that a person does, regardless of pay or no pay.
Doing one’s best shows love and concern for God and for others. It does not cheat anyone in anyway, but is always giving the best. This is what God did in sending His Son Jesus. This is what Jesus did in giving His life for all people. They gave their best.
There will come a day when one cannot give or do anything anymore. Today is the day to do it and do it with all of one’s strength.
Everyday you will have tasks to be done. Some you will receive a paycheck and others it is volunteer. Regardless of the pay or lack of it, you must give it your best abilities. You are not on this earth for eternity, there is a time limit.
While you have the ability to do something, do it with all of your abilities and strength. Do not put of until tomorrow what can be done today. And do not do it with only have the heart or strength.
God has given you a work to do, now do it with all that is in you.
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will work as unto God; that God will give you strength to do the work He has for you to do; and that you will not cut corners, but give all your work the best as unto God.
Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42
Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.
The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.
Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.
Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.
God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.
The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.
If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.
Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?
Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.
Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.
I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs.
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Psalm 44:8
Boasting is something that many people do. The majority boast it their own abilities or accomplishments. They are extremely proud of what they have done and want everyone around them to know it.
Sometimes this boasting of self is found in boasting in other family members, such as children, or boasting in employees. While this can look like it is not boasting about self, it is often pride of what one did in training a child or the worker. It is boasting that one did a great job himself, more than what the other person did.
The psalmist states that he boasts in God. His focus for boasting is in what God does, giving Him praise.
Realizing who one really is helps realize what one can really do or cannot do. While man is made in God’s image, he is limited in what he can do. The reality is that man cannot do anything without God’s help in doing it.
It is God who gives man life, breath, strength and abilities. If God did not give any of those things, man would be unable to do anything at all.
If he cannot do anything at all, then he has no reason to boast in self or his abilities.
This brings his focus back to God. The believer realizes that it is God who gives the abilities and strength to do things. It is God who is able to accomplish anything, not self.
Boasting in God is a good thing to do. It gives Him all the credit for everything that is done, rather than trying to put it upon self. One cannot come to end of talking about all the good things that God has done and is doing in one’s own life, much less in the rest of the world.
Instead of looking at self, try looking at God. Think about all the good things that God has done in your life. Now give Him praise for it and boast about it to everyone you meet.
Boast about who God is. Boast about God’s great love, forgiveness and mercy. This is being the witness that Jesus has told you to be. It is not about you, but it is all about God and what He has done and is doing. This is where there is good boasting being done.
Who will you boast about today?
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know who God is; that you will tell people what God has done for you; and that you will focus your words and life upon God and His word.
Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Job 41:1-2
Being independent and able to do things is what most people want to be able to do. Children are constantly told that they can do whatever their heart wants to do, that they can be whatever they want to be. This can happen with hard work and dedication.
As people grow up being taught this, most people feel as if they do not need anyone else’s help, that they are completely independent of others, able to do it themselves. While being able to do things is true, it is not true that man can do anything and everything. Nor is it true that man is completely independent of anyone else.
As God is speaking to Job, He asks Job about the Leviathan. He wants to know if Job can hold the Leviathan down. Later in this chapter God gives a great description of the power and abilities of the Leviathan and wants to know if Job can control it. It is implied that Job cannot control it, but that God can.
There are limits to what man can do on his own. In reality man cannot do anything without God. It is God who gave the breath of life into each and every person on this earth. It is God who sustains all life on this earth.
Without God’s help, man could not survive at all. This means God is the one in complete control. Knowing this, every believer must release control to God and trust God in any and every situation that occurs in his life. This includes the ‘bad’ situations in life, as well as the good ones.
You may be able to do many things in this life. You may have a successful career and a great family, but there is still a limit to what you can do. And what you have done, has been done with the abilities God has given you.
Just as it takes Jesus to remove sins out of your life, it takes God and His power to do anything in this life. He is the One who had created you and is the One who will sustain you.
Allow God to be in control and trust Him through every situation in your life. He can control the Leviathan in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will give God complete authority over your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will not try to be in control of your whole life.