What Are You Waiting For?

Published on Jul 31st, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

 

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you find it after many days,  Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.  If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.  He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”  Ecc 11:1-4

 

What are you waiting for?  God has moved your heart to minister in some way and yet you are still hesitating.  Are you afraid that if you give of yourself or your possessions that you will run dry?  God says that if you give…he promises that you will get it back.  Often in a greater measure than when you gave.  You cannot run your resources dry.  If you are truly giving out of that which God has given you then you never run dry.  That is because what he has given us is himself.  The more you give, the more you cast your bread upon the waters, the more you realize how big your God is.  It is like the woman who never ran out of oil.  You give and give out of the vast resource that is God and you find in him a treasure of strength and power to sustain you in your giving.

 

But maybe you are like the farmer in our passage for today.  He keeps watching the wind and the clouds trying to pick the very perfect day in which to sow or reap.  That perfect day or those perfect conditions never really come,  He never sows or reaps.  There are never perfect conditions in your life where you will find ministry easy.  In fact, our lives are full of storms, fallen trees, and disasters.  Solomon does not view those as problems to keep us from giving but encourages us to spread our giving out among many people.  When disasters do hit, they do not destroy our ministries.  I think one of the most beautiful things about ministry is that when things in my life make it seem as if ministering to people is almost too much to bear that God strengthens me to walk in obedience.  It is in those times that I am amazed at what God does.  It is as if that farmer sees the nasty wind and decides to throw his seed anyway and he is amazed at where God bears fruit with that seed.

 

How many times have you found yourself sitting on the sidelines of ministering watching the clouds and thinking that tomorrow would be a better day to minister?  If I cast my bread upon the water now it will be gone forever so I better wait for more bread or better conditions.  When the kids are older.  When I make more money.  When I know people better.  When God opens a better door.  When does it stop and we finally stop watching everything around us and we fix our eyes upon Jesus and realize that perfect conditions do not bring spiritual fruit but God brings spiritual fruit.  He simply wants us to start casting our bread and seed.

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