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.
(Ecclesiastes 11:1-3, New King James Version)
Cast Your Bread
One of the things I dearly love about the writings of Solomon is the varied illustrations he uses to make a point. Such is the case in these verses from Ecclesiastes 11. Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.
Why does God give us our abilities and our treasures? Are we to horde these things for our own use? No! We are not an island, but instead live in the midst of a great and needy people. As children of God, we must understand that God gives us these things that we may advance His kingdom by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of others.
As we are able, we should give a serving to seven or even eight, for we do not know the future or the evil that may befall us. Perhaps we will be the one needing the serving in the future. Using an illustration from nature, Solomon reminds us that when the clouds are full, they do not keep the rain to themselves, but spread it throughout the land, on the unjust as well as the just.
Even if we prosper for our entire lives, the time will come when, as the tree, our lives on this earth will be ended. What will be the end result? Our works do not save us, but will we have made a difference in the small part of the world where we have lived. In our own little corners, what will we have done for the Lord?
By the grace of God, cast your bread upon the waters, for in the giving, there is joy and contentment in the Lord our God.
God Bless You,