Work While You Can

A devotion on Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor plan, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.
–Ecclesiastes 9:10

Besides encouraging us to enjoy the life God has given us, Solomon also encourages us to work diligently.

The phrase, “whatever your hand finds to do” means “whatever you are tasked with; whatever you are able to do, you should do it with all your strength; expend all your energies toward it.”

The reason for this advice is that when death comes, all opportunities for work and service will cease. In death, we will have no further energies or abilities to work. In death there will be neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Each of us has only one life to live on this earth. And we never know how long our life will be. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon warns us to make sure we live each day as if it were our last.

He encourages us to do our best for God, living so that at the end of our life we can say, “By the grace of God, I lived my life without regret.”


Loving God, Please help me to do my best today and every day. Help me to work diligently and honestly. Lead me through each moment so that all I do I do faithfully for You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


What will I do today to make sure I live without regrets?