Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters

Ecclesiastes 11:1–8 (NKJV)

11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters,
For you will find it after many days.
2 Give a serving to seven, and also to eight,
For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.

3 If the clouds are full of rain,
They empty themselves upon the earth;
And if a tree falls to the south or the north,
In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.
4 He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.

5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
6 In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.

7 Truly the light is sweet,
And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
8 But if a man lives many years
And rejoices in them all,
Yet let him remember the days of darkness,
For they will be many.
All that is coming is vanity.

This section of chapter 11 is full of proverbial sayings that Solomon heaps upon one another almost without connection, it may seem.  However, there is an over-arching theme that is at work here.  The Preacher is speaking to the need to take risks and work hard in spite of what you may see before you.  In the end, the work will pay off if you work for the Lord, for He rewards the diligent and wise.  Even if some venture does not succeed or pay off, it is worth the effort.  The dark days still teach us the power of God to sustain.  So whatever we do, whether sowing, giving, having children, or any other investment or risk, do it anyway, because God is the giver of increase and the giver of lack, and our faith is built in Him!

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