Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 16, 2017

“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.” In other words, do good! Sow bountifully!

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes chapter 11.

Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.  2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.  3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth;  and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.  4 He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.  5 Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.

7 The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.  8 Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many.  Everything that is to come will be futility.

9 Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood.  And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.  10 So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.”    Ecclesiastes chapter 11.


Do good!  Sow bountifully!

“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.” and “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening” can be summarized by the following Scriptures.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:9-10.

“Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”  Psalm 37:3.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.”  Proverbs 3:27.

“The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.”  Proverbs 11:25.

“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”  2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.”  2 Thessalonians 3:13.

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”  1 Timothy 6:18-19.

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16.

“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  Hebrews 13:20-21.


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