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Planting and Harvesting

Ecclesiastes 11: 4 “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

Solomon lived in a predominantly agrarian society where he borrowed illustrations from agriculture to show us biblical truths about sowing seeds and giving he wanted to convey.

In those days it was hard to predict the weather. Today, we have technology where the weather for the next 10 days can be easily predicted. The main idea he wants to relay to all of us is that we cannot afford to wait for perfect weather before we embark on sowing our seeds. We need to seize every moment we have, never become idle, and learn to sow when the opportunities present themselves. How many of us miss golden opportunities to do something worth-wile because we are not sure whether the timing is right? Solomon urges the reader not to put off planting seeds. He makes the point that God is always working, and because we can’t understand God’s ways, we should take risks and then work hard to achieve positive outcomes. That’s faith! And that kind of faith pleases God (Hebrews 11: 6).

Solomon also urges us to “sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well” (verse 6). This relates well with verse 2 which says, “invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight…” What does this mean? From a business perspective, it means that if we exercise wisdom, we will diversify our investments because you never know which one will yield the best results. If you just focus all your resources and energies on one and it does not become successful, you can lose all you have invested. We must step out in faith, not wait for perfect conditions because they might not come, trust God in what only he can do, and seize every opportunity that comes your way to sow your seed. Your harvest will surely come from somewhere when you need it.



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