Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 (NKJV)
Here again we are reminded of the principle of life running through out the Word of God. It is the principle of release and receive. Release the seed and receive the harvest.
Here we are even told to let go of bread, in other words let go of what we see and depend on as the only and last thing we have for our survival.
The first interpretation of this Scripture is that we invest in more than one area, venture, or business. This is very reasonable. We all are even gifted and talented with more than one ability. We can do and get involved in more than one area of productivity.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 (NLT) But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
There’s the proverbial saying that don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If any damage happens to the basket you lose all.
While the casting of your bread upon many waters talks about investing widely and diversely, there’s another priceless golden nugget of divine wisdom hidden here.
The second, greatest and best interpretation of this Scripture is to invest in God and His Kingdom.
For there’s no wider, more diverse, more profit yielding field for investing in than the owner and possessor of all things and His Kingdom that is over all.
Your bread means your livelihood, your means of living. It’s your life, time, abilities, giftings, strength, anointing, knowledge, calling, position, resources, properties, and money among others.
Employing all these advantages for God and His Kingdom is the most worthy investment with the most rewarding returns you could ever get.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 (MSG) Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Charity is the old English word for love. God is love and His Kingdom is about Him loving us and us loving each other just as He loves us.
So to cast your bread upon the waters is to be generous out of response to God’s love for you, reciprocating that love by giving to the Gospel of the Kingdom and to those in need.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 (MSG) Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.
The opposite of casting your bread upon waters is hoarding – grabbing and grasping onto everything for yourself.
This is the mindset that runs all the man-made social, religious, cultural, political, and economic systems in the world whose scheme is grab all you can, can all you grab and sit on your can.
Don’t be like the world, open your can, empty it into the Kingdom of God. Bless God by being a blessing to others.
Jesus put it this way: – Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 (AMPC)