Our Word today encourages us to help others, even if there is not an immediate reward. That’s critical we remember this, because our selfish subconscious typically doesn’t want to help others unless there is something in it for us. So with that in mind, here is today’s verse:
Ecc 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.
Back then farmers would throw their seeds on different soils, this type of soil was marshy ground, and the language “surface of waters” suggests that there would be a chance that the seed wouldn’t grow because the area was flooded and the seed might drown…and while this is often true, the Word says “you will find it after many days”. Or after a long period of time, the seed won’t drown, it will actually flourish into a plant or a crop.
So what does that mean to us? Throw your seed in a risky area, be patient, because it won’t die, even though you think it might die, it won’t die, it will actually flourish.
This is referring to good deeds and helping others. It could be helping someone change a flat tire or giving them a jumpstart, supporting a non-profit organization or buying a homeless person a meal. Just because we don’t get instant gratification from the good deed, doesn’t mean it might not change someone’s life later on. Truth is stranger that fiction, and God sees everything, we may reap those rewards 20 years down the road, or in the next life altogether.
It also calls for an element of selflessness, giving doesn’t always mean you are going to get something in return. Paul quotes Jesus in Acts when He says it is better to give than to receive. By giving and showing the Gospel witness in our lives, is much more rewarding that getting some physical reward like money, because as we know Jesus says to store up treasures in heaven that are eternal, not earthly riches that rot and fade away and are forgotten.