Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 13, 2017

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 9:10-18.

“10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might;  for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

11 I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability;  for time and chance overtake them all.  12 Moreover, man does not know his time:  like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.

13 Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me.  14 There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.  15 But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom.  Yet no one remembered that poor man.  16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.”  But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.  17 The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.  18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”  Ecclesiastes 9:10-18.

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Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  Colossians 3:23-24.

We may feel unappreciated like the wise man who although he delivered the city by his wisdom, yet no one remembered him.  Verse 15.

But nevertheless, verse 10 encourages us to do our work with all our might.  And, even though it may appear that our wisdom is not heard, the words of the wise “heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”  Verse 17.  Finally, God will reward us as stated above in Colossians 3:23-24.

And, we have great hope of success!

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10.

God is at work in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:13.

God who began a good work in us will perfect it.  Philippians 1:6.


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