The Preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 11 comes full circle to his original question: How can we find meaning and joy under the sun? Vanity of vanities, all is vanity! Vanity, breath, or vapor, all our concerns are temporary as the morning mist (FCA). But it seems at the end of his journey, the end of his life the preacher started seeing hope for this life.
Wisdom for daily living: Give (11.1-7).
1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.
Casting bread on the water would result in bread becoming wet and soggy eventually sinking and not coming back. But if we understand that bread was the important food in Bible days we can see that giving is really about action and trust.
Giving is Action (11.1-3)
Sometimes the older we get the more cautious we become, the more we might hold on to things. But the Preacher has another sermon, since wealth is meaningless and uncertain, be generous with money. Since disaster is always a possibility, give instead of holding. Even though our physical condition might be changing or even aging, our attitude of giving doesn’t need to change. He allows us the opportunity to give what we have, give our best. Cast your bread, cast your life, give to God and see if He will not bless you.
Giving is Trusting (11.4)
4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
We cannot spend our lives waiting for the perfect moment to do something. We can’t wait for the right time to give our life, to give our money, if you have it give it. Bless someone, bless the church. Giving is trusting God and understanding that our ways are not His ways.
5 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.
Joni Eareckson-Tada wrote, “Great giver of all gifts, thank you for the blessings of this life. Help me to hold loosely the gifts that you bestow, but help me to hold fast to you (p. 887). William McDonald writes, “Here I am, Here I stand, Lord, my life is in your hands. Lord, I’m longing to see Your desires revealed in me. Take my heart, Take my life As a living sacrifice. All my dreams all my plans, Lord I place them in your hands. I give myself away So You can use me.