Read Ecclesiastes 11
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Ecclesiastes 11:1
When I was a boy, I practically lived in the public library during the summer months. I loved books. One summer I read nothing but true adventure stories written by real heroes like Frank Buck and Martin Johnson. I was fascinated by I Married Adventure, the autobiography of Martin Johnson’s wife, Osa.
Since those boyhood days, life has become a lot calmer, but I trust I haven’t lost that sense of adventure. As I get older, I am asking God to keep me from getting set in my ways in a life that is routine, boring, and predictable. “I don’t want my life to end in a swamp,” said British expositor F. B. Meyer. I agree. When I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I “married adventure”; and that meant expecting the unexpected.
Solomon used two activities to illustrate his point: the merchant sending out his ships (vv. 1–2) and the farmer sowing his seed (vv. 3–6). In both activities, a great deal of faith is required. If the merchant and the farmer wait until the circumstances are ideal, they will never get anything done! Life has a certain amount of risk to it, and that’s where faith comes in.
Something to Ponder
If you had a bit more faith in God, what new adventure would you like to try?