READ : Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. (v. 1, niv)
Some things we will never know. “You cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things” (v. 5), especially not by looking “under the sun”—in the physical universe alone. But we walk by faith, not sight.
Disaster may lurk around the corner, but that should only make us determined to keep on doing our best (v. 2). What will be will be, like a water-laden cloud producing rain (v. 3).
In other words, we aren’t in control, but that needn’t keep us from moving forward. The results of our labor are not entirely in our hands, but that shouldn’t discourage us from working (v. 6). We know there is a “Higher Power” at work, so we can live with uncertainty. We can be hopeful, “casting our bread upon the waters.” The promise is, “after many days you will find it again” (v. 1). Meaning and hope are matters of faith. The Teacher’s search for meaning has been conducted from the perspective of this world alone. It was important for him to present all the options “under the sun” before turning to God as our only source of hope.
Lord, give me faith to keep on living and serving, despite only seeing “in a mirror, dimly,” and faith to believe someday I will “see” face to face. Amen.