Uncertain? Give and Live!
11 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. 3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. 4 He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. 5 Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
Four times we are reminded in this passage – we do not know. This is a text about uncertainty. We are given three commands about stewarding our resources ( cast your bread, divide your portion, sow your seed) and promised results if we do so wisely. This is a call in the mists of uncertainty to give and live. Jesus is the one who did this for us and longs to live in us to do this through us – follow Him and live in an unstable world!