Ecclesiastes 9

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might ...” (v10). The Preacher had little hope of the resurrection (v10), yet his advice was repeated by Paul, who added, “for the Lord” (Col 3:23). While we know our ultimate future, we still don’t control our earthly days – “time and chance” surprise us – and so we should take full advantage of every moment (v11-12). Circumstances may alter our plans in unexpected ways, yet “whatever” our hands find to do, we can do with all our hearts, for the Lord.

“The words of the wise heard in quiet …” (v7). Humility and contentment are the quiet virtues that give us the power to live “for the Lord” in any circumstance.