“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1 ESV
The Bible reminds us that the principles in agriculture apply to every aspect of life. Farmers only reap a harvest if they sow the right seeds into the right soil at the right time. Beautiful gardens develop only as we sow the right seeds into the right soil at the right time. But similar patterns can be found in finances and health, in our relationships and mental development, and we see these patterns in our spiritual lives.
One way the Bible expresses this principle is encouraging us to “cast our bread on the waters.” Normally, we might feel compelled to hold on to that bread – to store it up. Instead, the Bible encourages us to cast this bread. To let it go. To invest it.
In particular, we might be reluctant to cast this bread into water. In the natural world, bread radically changes if it is cast into water. It becomes something different. But amazing things can happen when we apply these principles in the spiritual dimension.
The Bible reminds us that real blessings come as we give. As Jesus taught, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your bosom. For with the measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
The Bible also reminds us that it can take time for Seeds to grow. We don’t Sow Seeds one day and Reap the next. Similarly, we Reap a Harvest in the right season, “after many days.”
In your life, ask God to show you how you can cast your bread into water. Don’t hold on to the resources you have been given, but step out in faith and be bold. Give that you might receive a bountiful Harvest. Trust God to bless you for your faithfulness.
PrayerFather, help me to be a giving person. Show me how I can invest the resources You have given me into the lives of others. I trust in You for an abundant Harvest. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray that many new doors would open for Inspiration Ministries.
Extended ReadingEcclesiastes 11