A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, May 28, 2013
“Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1
What you do with the resources God has given and entrusted to you, and where you deposit them, determines what you will find and what comes back to you. The Hebrew word for “cast” as used in this verse is shalach (pr. shaw-lakh), which means “to plant seed for growth, to set in motion” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
What seed are you planting in your life, my brother? Are you sowing your resources—your finances, time, and talent into good ground, into good places and things, for good purposes, and upon fruitful waters? Or are you sowing your resources into those things that perpetuate lack, unfulfillment, and discontentment in you and in your life? What about you, my sister? What are you setting into motion? Is it anger, resentment, bitterness, jealously, gossip, divisiveness? Or is it the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22)? Whatever it is, it will come back to you.
Your “bread” is your lechem (pr. lekh-em), which is “food for man or beast, especially bread or grain (for making it).” Webster defines “beast” as “a contemptible person, something formidably difficult to control or deal with.” If you are casting your bread into areas, things, people, or assignments that are not of God, then your seed isn’t going into good ground, and your harvest back to you will be one of thorns and weeds that choke out fulfillment and prosperity in your life.
“You reap what you sow” is a tried and true Biblical principle. If you sow into good things, causes, and assignments, then you will reap a fruitful harvest; however, if you sow into lack or ground that produces lack, then you will reap a harvest of lack. If you choose to eat your seed, then you will have nothing with which God can bless and increase.
The type of bread you cast and where you cast your bread will come back to you: good or bad. The “waters,” the mayim (pr. mah-yim) upon which you cast are “water, juice, urine, wasting.” The ground you sow your seed into, the water in which you choose to cast your bread will determine the type of harvest that you have. What relationships are you investing your time in? Are they healthy, living relationships? Or are these connections toxic and wasteful? Are you peeing away your provision? Are you allowing beasts, and other toxic people and things to rob you of your resources? Is this why you are always feeling depleted, my bother? Feeling objectified, my sister? We need to get it together, family!
Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no!” (Matthew 5:37). Who cares what others think of you! You ultimately are left holding the bag, even an empty one. Care what God thinks! Establishing healthy boundaries is of God! God is a God of boundaries! So don’t let folks try to manipulate you out of your provision by laying a lie from the pit of hell on you, spewing such nonsense that boundaries are not of God! God forbid! Sounds like devil-talk to me! Oh, I know I am speaking to someone today! Praise the Lord!
The Hebrew word for “find” used here is matsa (pr. maw-tsaw), which is “to come forth.” What you cast will come forth in abundance—good or bad. This is what the term “many” (rob, pr. robe) means here: abundance. Abundance of good, bad, prosperity, or lack will come forth as a result of what you cast and where you cast it. You will wear and walk in the harvest of your provision either way.
The term “days” referenced here is yowm (pr. yome) and are “the warm hours of the day.” Let us use good grain to bake tasteful bread, so when the warmth of the day reflects on the water, what rises will be well for our souls.
Father, thank You for being our Jehova Jireh, the Lord Who provides. Thank You for giving us seed to sow and bread to eat, so that we always have more than enough to give generously to others on every occasion resulting in Thanksgiving back to You (2 Corinthians 9:10-11). Most Resourceful Father, help us to be good managers of the finances, time, and talent that you have blessed us with. Give us wisdom to allocate our resources the way You want us to; and by Your grace, help us be obedient to Your instructions. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we cast good bread upon rich, living waters. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to cast good bread upon clean waters. Choose to use your finances, time, and talents in Godly ways and places for good and profitable things. Forsake the places, relationships, and things which will produce lack in your life for the waters teaming with healthy provision. And continue to fight the good fight of always casting with leavened bread; for God, your Master Baker, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.