Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 11
This chapter, according to one commentary, was written to inform people on how to have wise practices in light of the unpredictability of life. There is much counsel in this chapter on how to invest your finances wisely and how to have proper enjoyment of life; however, I want to focus on two specific verses.
Verses 3-4 describe some simple actions such as the act of clouds producing rain or a tree falling, which happen every day. My first reaction to reading this was a big ‘duh.’ This is not mind-blowing stuff here. If the clouds are full, they rain on the earth and if a tree falls, that’s where it lies. It’s pretty simple! And yet, there are people who spend time, precious time, “reading the skies” and delaying the project they ought to be sowing. Verse 4 explains that those who sit and watch all of this happen only distract themselves from their appointed task at hand.
Have you known someone who is always waiting for the “perfect” time to begin something? They say things like, “I just need this to happen and then…” or “I’m too tired” or “I’m not sure if it’s a good idea.” I tend to make these statements from time to time. I always reassure myself, “I will do it later.” Unfortunately though if I, or others who think this way, keep thinking like this they will not sow and will not reap:
“He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
I am not sure if anything specifically came to your mind when thinking about what task you have been given and still need to start. But I do know that, we as Christians, have all been given the task of being ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are called to be sharing the message of the gospel to the people in our lives. Our high King has given us a mission and we are to follow the words of our King. What “clouds” have been distracting you and keeping your eyes fixed on the skies? The Lord is telling you to get your head out of the clouds and get to sowing! Remember, the “harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37). The harvest needs more laborers and we have a job to do.
Posted by: Kelly Jones; Kids ministry intern-West Campus