Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6)
As I read through the notes I prepared for the sermon I was delivering this morning to a church congregation in Kenya, Africa, this thought came to mind as I reread (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6); God has designed us (His people) for success, however, not an automatic success. The instruction in (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6) is a challenge to all of us who want to achieve prosperity in all areas of life. And at the center of that challenge is His demand for us to be diligent in our service unto Him; we see that in (vs. 1-2) that says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.” God is almost shouting for us to start, work hard, and just do it! It is almost as if He is saying, “You can do this. It is not beyond you. It is not for some special person born on the right side of the tracks, or for someone born from the right family with the right money and the right education. Just to Start! Launch! Try!
Moreover, God also demands in (v. 4) that there be no excuses, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. There is no right moment; the right moment is right now. Do what you know to do now; launch and adjust as needed.
Lastly, we need to be diligent, sow our seed in the morning and then again in the evening. God says it this way in (v.6), “In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Diligence is the refusal to quit and to remain faithful until the desired results are reached, and then keeping on so that you may maintain what has been gained.
Friends, there is no diligence without determination, and there is no determination without the passion to keep casting. Determination is the mindset, and diligence is doing the work required. Would you pray with me?
Father, Your mercies have brought me to a new day, vain will be its’ gifts unless I grow in Your grace, increase in knowledge, and ripen for spiritual harvest. May I know Thee as You are, and love Thee supremely? May I serve Thee wholly and admire Thee more fully?
Lord, I ask that You direct my feet that I may not be entangled in Satan’s snares, or fall into his hidden traps. Father, defend me from my assailing foes and their evil circumstances. This I ask in Your precious Name, Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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