Text: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” – Ecclesiastes 9:10.
Comment: This admonition in the text in focus by King Solomon, a prophet of God, is of utmost relevance in this perilous age of unrest, distress, killings and perplexity among the nations. The dangers that lurk around men are spiralling daily to fulfil Bible prophecies that “the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand” (Daniel 12:10) and Apostle Paul says: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” – 2 Timothy 3:13.
Since nobody knows the time of his death (Job 14:1, 5; Ecclesiastes 9:12; etc.), it is pertinent to pay heed to the text for today. For, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) We should bear in mind this recipe given by St. Paul to wit, “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”. (Colossians 3:23, 24) It is also pertinent to bear in mind the admonition of the same apostle that Christians should work out their own salvation “with fear and trembling”. (Philippians 2:12). Every true disciple of Christ should make a clean break from the “works of the flesh” like adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, heresies, envyings, murders, backbiting, malice, drunkenness, murmuring, etc. – 1 Thessalonians 4:4; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10. We need prayers for God's strength always to achieve this noble ideal.