Read Ecclesiastes 4-6
Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes 4:6
The mantra of today’s world is bigger, better, faster, more. If you don’t have the newest thing, the bigger thing or the better thing, you have nothing. The Preacher of Ecclesiastes saw this even in his own day, so we know some things never change.
We’re told by the world that we should grab as much as we can as we go through life. Then we can enjoy it when we’re old - which they can’t even guarantee. And what are we supposed to do with all those things? We would have both hands full of “stuff,” a good Bible word, and have them so full that there is no hand left to use.
This verse cuts to the center of the issue, which is the trouble those two hands full of stuff create. Instead of worrying about getting the stuff, keeping the stuff, storing the stuff and losing the stuff, the writer says that life would be so much more enjoyable with just one handful. The suffering and trouble comes with the two full hands, clenched and holding on to everything it can.
The peace of one handful and a quiet life is what God has planned for each of us. He will provide all the blessings we need, those convenient for us, and those that will bring glory to Himself while giving us our greater good. With our eyes focused solely on the Lord, we can let go of the stuff in one hand so we can raise it in praise to Him. Yes - so much better.