Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
When I studied on this verse I began to feel as though it should have been written for Day 1 of this study. When you decided to do this study you may have thought that it was a good “idea” to do a marriage study. I beg you to take this verse to heart and give your marriage your full attention. Decide now to get rid of all distractions that might make you lose focus on the “work” at hand. Today and everyday for the rest of your life you will be glad you did.
What are your current distractions? Don’t just think about them, write them down. Look them dead in the eye and tell them “no more!” Your marriage needs you to identify the things that are keeping your mind and thoughts busy but are also not necessary. Could it be social media? Maybe it is other relationships? How about trying to be super mom? Might it be your checking account? Whatever your distractions are, give them a name and a place to go. You truly need to spend some time studying on Biblical marriage and in prayer without distractions. If you’re going to have a marriage that you can honestly say you’ve given “all your might” to, you need to address the things that are hindering you.
What ever your hand finds to do... do it with all your might.
Philippians 4: 12 - 13 I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” NIV
No marriage is without sacrifice or compromise. No marriage is without hurt or pain. No marriage is without wounds and scars.
"If only I can reach him, if only I can touch the hem of his cloak.." there was so much focus and intention in what this woman was doing. With everything she had in her, she was reaching. No one could do it but her. No one could do it for her. She had to be the one who touched him. So much pain in her life was moving her closer to the One who could heal. Only she could do it, no one was willing to help get her there. The crowd was thick and heavy but with all her might she knew she needed just one touch. She knew no one could heal what she needed healing for and only the power of Jesus encountered personally would be her miracle. She had suffered for 12 years alone. No one knew just how deep her heartache was. No one understood her despair and she could depend on no one to bring her to this moment. She had to do it herself.
Oh ladies, how great was her faith that day. How great was her faith in what Jesus could do and she knew she only needed a touch to be changed. She believed. If this didn't work, she had no other options. She understood the source of the power. She had been to doctors, therapist, consulted friends and family, took advice from her priest, and all those efforts had let her down. However, when she laid her eyes on Jesus and witnessed His miracles firsthand, she knew He was the One. She was not afraid by those surrounding him. She could care less what the crowds would say, she needed Jesus. She just needed to touch his hem, she did, she was healed.
Could this be your story? Could this be you? Your marriage has suffered, you have done all you know to do. You've taken the advice of others, you've consulted so many people but in the end the healing has not happened where it was supposed to happen. It's time to step out in faith, reach for Jesus and believe that a touch of the One whose power breathes life into the stars will heal your marriage.
Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48
Ephesians 1:11-12 says In him we were also chosen (or made heirs, adopted), having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, my be for the praise of his glory.
You can not read those verses and not believe that God wants your marriage to be for His glory. He wants to heal. You are His and belong to Him, made an heir, adopted, chosen. He wants the very best for you. What He desires more than anything is for you to seek His face. To love Him first. To believe that He has the power to heal your marriage with just one touch and so, if you have never before sought Jesus with all your might, seek Him now. It's perfectly okay to seek Him solely for the belief of what His power can do with one touch. Jesus felt the power leave himself the day that suffering woman touched Him. She was healed by her belief. Your marriage can be totally and completely healed, restored, and redeemed by your belief.
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:22
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.