Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 (additional reading: Psalm 49:1-20 and Proverbs 22:20-21)
In his quest to find out how to live a meaningful life the writer of Ecclesiastes urges his readers not to be paralyzed by their lack of knowledge but to use every opportunity to work boldly but wisely for the glory of God.
Do you ever wonder if anything you do for God really matters? You pray for a friend, but does your prayer ever get answered? You give money to help the poor, but does it really help them? You give money to the church, but does it change lives? You share the gospel, but does anyone get saved? Sometimes you wonder if what you do for God and his kingdom really makes any difference.
But then there are times when you catch a glimpse of what God is doing when you see that something you did for Jesus really did make a difference in someone’s life.
Even though we do not know how God will use our work to advance his kingdom, we should continue to pray, continue to serve, continue to give, and continue to share, 1 Corinthians 15:58 says “knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain”.
Ecclesiastes 11:1, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” One interpretation is that the Preacher is encouraging us to be generous to the poor. Bread “cast . . . upon the waters” is sharing with someone who needs help. Another interpretation is to seed sown in a floodplain. Charles Bridges used the annual flooding of the Nile as an example: “The time for sowing the seed is just when the waters are going down, leaving a loamy bed, in which the seed apparently lost is deposited but produces a most luxuriant harvest.” The point here is that the farmer despite first appearances gets a good return for sowing his seed.
You and I need to take action to invest in the kingdom of God. We need to invest our time, our talent, and our treasure in God’s kingdom. God wants us to take action and get involved in expanding his kingdom. He wants us to spread our time, talent, and treasure into different opportunities. Some of the things we attempt may at least seem to fail at the time. We may try to start a church, and it may not get off the ground. We may try to start a ministry, and it may not get traction. We may try to share the gospel with someone, and it may seem as if the gospel seed has fallen on rocky soil. But we should never become discouraged and do nothing.
- Do you ever wonder if anything you do for God really matters?
- How can you guard against discouragement?
Father, Thank You that You involve us in Your work and take the little that we offer and produce something great in it’s due season. Help us to be faithful with what we have and trust You for the harvest. In Jesus’ name, Amen