"Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit." Ecclesiastes 4:6
As I reflect on this passage I think about all the times I have worked so hard to get my hands full. By the time my hands are full, I am too exhausted to enjoy what I have. When I study this verse it is not saying you have little but rather you have a handful. One hand is full while the other is free. Which to me means I have more than enough and I have peace to go along with it.
When my children play with their toys, they gather all their toys in both hands so no one can play with their toys but them. They are so worried about someone taking what they have that they can't play with their toys. I rather have one "toy" and get to play with it than ten "toys" and never get to enjoy them.
Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Today appreciate the handful that life has to offer and embrace the peace as it comes with it.
"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8
Many of us have been praying to God for Him to move in our lives. As the days go by, it sometimes feels like He is not going to come to our rescue. But God hears our cry before we even utter them. He knows what we need and it is certain that He will come and fulfill every promise. What He desires is to find us still believing in Him. Will we endure our situations until our Just Judge comes to our rescue or will we lose hope in our Savior? Jesus desires for us to hold onto our faith.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2-4
No matter what may happen we must hold to our faith. When Jesus comes, let Him find faith in our heart not doubt.
“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a might man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.” (Judges 11:1-2)
The truth about Jephthah was that he was the son of a harlot. No matter how great and mighty of a man he was, Jephthah could not escape his past. Imagine the scorn and rejection he had to endure while growing up, just because of who his mother was. Nevertheless, in spite of his “condition,” God still conditioned him. God set him apart from his brothers because of His plans to use Jephthah in a spectacular way. Jephthah became the vessel God used, in spite of his past, to deliver his brothers and the people of Israel from the hand of their enemies.