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Casting Bread Upon Waters (Studies in Ecclesiastes 11)

“Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.” Ecclesiastes 11:1.

Advocating beneficence as a remedy for relieving some of society’s social problems, the preacher, Solomon, uses this metaphor to make his point, especially to the rich. It is obvious it is a metaphor because literally casting bread on water results in soggy bread that soon dissipates.

The metaphor could refer to simply being charitable to others, it could refer to sowing seed in good ground to accomplish an abundant harvest, or it could refer to spiritual investments with God.

Whichever the case, the message is the same. Diligence in any arena of life will result in a reasonable reward, although the reward alone should not be one’s motivation for good actions.

Our motivations for whatever good and positive actions we take must be pure and selfless—that is, we can’t do something good because we know we will be rewarded. We do something good because it is the right thing to do—the reward comes as a natural consequence of the actions.

"Thought for the Week - 08/02/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.