By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Cast your bread upon the waters for you shall find it in many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1) is a positive note of one's taking the initiative and being rewarded for doing so!
The reward aspect of such action can be beneficial to the one completing such action, as well as mankind. However, there are some who seek to benefit only self without regards to others as illustrated in God's Word. (Comment)
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth in abundance. He thought within himself saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to store my crops? This will I do; I will tear down my barns and build greater, and there will I store my crops and goods. I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:16-19).
This cautions against luxury, to guard against covetousness, to share one's good fortune with others who find themselves, through no fault of their own, in distress. Giving is a serious matter and a rewarding experience when done in the right attitude.
Such was not the case in the parable of the rich man. God said: You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall these things be, which you have provided? So is he that lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:20-21).
Many years ago I had set a goal of saving a certain amount of money, a large sum to me, and was close to obtaining that goal. Then I found myself unwillingly to give as before to achieve such a status.
I found myself in an attitude much like the rich man's unwillingness to share but to accumulate even more. I thank God that conviction came and I never again allowed myself to be caught up in such a circumstance. I never did obtain that goal; nor even desired it again; but found myself much richer in a willingness to give (2 Corinthians 9:7).
The apostle Paul stated: I know how to live humbly, and I know how to live in prosperity; to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me (Philippians 4:12-13).
A rich young ruler came to Jesus asking him: What good thing, shall I do that I may have enteral life (Matthew 19:16)? This man was casting his bread (of a different sort) upon the waters seeking assurance of eternal life.
Jesus said: If you will enter into life, keep the commandments. He answered: All these things have I kept from youth; what lack I yet? Jesus responded with: If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions (Matthew 18:20-21).
A Bible commentary noted: The commandments given centered on onward duties, rather than an inward nature, which was the young man's real problem. His luxurious wealth had blinded him to his real weakness which Jesus brought out.
Cast your bread upon the waters for you shall find it in many days is found in other Scriptures with rewards for having done so: Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your reward (Isaiah 58:5-8).
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever, their horn will be lifted high in honor (Psalm 112:9). How blessed you will be sowing your seed (or cast your bread) by every stream (Isaiah 3:20). Whosoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whosoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Had the man whose ground has prospered bountifully been willing to share his wealth, rather than build greater barns for storage, the outcome could have been far different. Had the rich young ruler been willing to sell all that he had and follow Jesus, his reward would have surpassed the wealth he had accumulated.
In the morning sow your seed (or cast your bread), and in the evening withhold not your hand: for you know not whether you shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
A Bible commentary noted: Although man cannot comprehend God's work, nor predict success, he needs to be involved in life's activities and trust God for the results. Good is to be done at all times, as opportunity offers, throughout one's whole life, and in all conditions and circumstances. Make use of opportunities (to cast your bread), acceptable to God, and useful to men, as one has occasion to do so.
We are seeing many walking away from the truths of God's Word; as worldly and ungodly ways are being promoted, even within the church in many Western nations, but now is not the time to be deceived but rather entrenched in God's Word!
Cast your bread upon the waters for you shall find it in many days is a timely message as many today are casting evilness upon the waters to profit from. The biblical prospective of adherence to the godly virtue for doing so; and the reward for doing so is well-documented in God's Word.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:9-10).
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