Ecclesiastes 11


‘Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. 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.’ Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Invest In Many Ventures

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad there is another two chapter to this book, otherwise, it would end with doom and gloom. Solomon now begins to be a bit more optimistic about life, again, he uses the form of proverbs to do so.

He says that we should live our lives with others in mind, we should give generously to anyone who has a need. We will reap what we sow, 2 Corinthians 9:6 / Galatians 6:7-9.

When we give to others, that is invest in others, we may not get anything back in return, and we shouldn’t expect anything back in return, Matthew 5:44-45 / John 13:17.

Does a tree make a noise in the middle of a forest when it falls? Solomon says our life is governed by what we do, Proverbs 23:7. We may want to wait for the wind to calm down before we plant our seeds, the problem is the wind may blow for many days in a row, hence we won’t get any planting done. In other words, life is full of uncertainties, therefore, we must live by each day by faith, Romans 1:17 / 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Solomon says concerning sowing your seed if we do nothing then we will produce nothing. We must decide to keep moving forward, despite any setbacks we may have along the way.

Remember Your Creator While Young

‘Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However, many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.’ Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

If you remember Solomon says back in Ecclesiastes 4:2-4, that life is better than death, but when we remember that those who lived in Old Testament had no real concept of immortality, 2 Timothy 1:10, we understand that Solomon is saying that life without God is meaningless, Ecclesiastes 9:4.

Solomon is basically saying that anyone who lives for others, will live a life worth living. Even when life becomes dark, there are always times of joy. One day maybe filled with difficulties but the joy can return in the morning, even in the darkness of death, we can still enjoy life, Psalm 23:1-6.

‘You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigour are meaningless.’ Ecclesiastes 11:9-10

Most people remember the days of their youth and if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us wasted our youth doing stupid things. The problem is we get older and our bodies can’t or won’t do the things they once did when we were younger.

Solomon says we should live our lives in such a way that we remind ourselves that we will give account to God for our actions, 2 Corinthians 5:10. When we live this way, it’ll help us live the kind of lives that God wants us to live.

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