Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. — Eccl 9:10
“Whatever your hand finds to do,” refers to works that are possible. There are many things which our heart finds 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 “whatever our hand finds 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. Endeavor 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 all your might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow, as if that could recompense for the idleness of today. No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honor 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 labor, 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 total weakness. His might lies in the Lord Almighty. Then let us seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand finds 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.
They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel. — Zech 4:10
Small things marked the beginning of the work in the hand of Zerubbabel but none might despise it, for the Lord had raised up one who would persevere until the headstone should be brought forth with shoutings. The plumb line was in good hands.
Here is the comfort of every believer in the Lord Jesus; let the work of grace be ever so small in its beginnings, the plumb line is in good hands, a master builder greater than Solomon, has undertaken the raising of the heavenly temple, and He will not fail nor be discouraged until the topmost pinnacle shall be raised. If the plumb line were in the hand of any merely human being, we might fear for the building but the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in Jesus’ hand.
The works did not proceed irregularly, and without care, for the master’s hand carried a good instrument. Had the walls been hurriedly run up without due superintendence, they might have been out of the perpendicular; but the plumb line was used by the chosen overseer. Jesus is evermore watching the erection of His spiritual temple, that it may be built securely and well. We are for haste but Jesus is for judgment. He will use the plumb line, and that which is out of line must come down, every stone of it. Hence the failure of many a flattering work, the overthrow of many a glittering profession.
It is not for us to judge the Lord’s church, since Jesus has a steady hand, and a true eye, and can use the plumb line well. Do we not rejoice to see judgment left to Him? The plumb line was in active use—it was in the builder’s hand; a sure indication that he meant to push on the work to completion. O Lord Jesus, how would we indeed be glad if we could see You at Your great work. O Zion, the beautiful, your walls are still in ruins! Rise, O glorious Builder, and make her desolations to rejoice at Your coming!