“Cast your bread upon the water, for you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1
I remember when I was young and first came across that verse. I couldn’t understand what it meant. The only time in my life that I had seen bread cast into the water was to draw fish to the surface. I also remember thinking why would you want that bread to come back to you? What good is soggy bread?
But during my time at the 2017 business conference in Jerusalem, one of my fellow, believing, Arab brothers from Nazareth spoke on the concept of “casting our bread on the waters”. What a perspective to live long enough to have experienced the blessing of seeing your “bread” come back to you after many days.
When God called Abraham to leave everything he knew, God’s promise is that in the obedience, God would make him a blessing. It is the same for us. Following God will always lead you on a path where you will find yourself called to serve others around you. Often, these people have no way to pay you back the blessing that they receive.
But how wonderful it is to make the effort to invest blessings and grace into the lives of others and later to have that same blessing and grace poured out on you in a way you never expected. You don’t have to be called to business, but in whatever you are called to- allow God to make you a blessing to those around you. The ROI (Return On Investment) is always amazing.