Take Action Today
Solomon continues in Ecclesiastes 11:1 - "Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days." This verse appears to be encouraging a benevolent spirit (cf. Luke 6:38; Prov. 19:17). Or, it could possibly be referring to investing in some worthy project by faith.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 teaches that it is worthwhile to share with others and avoid hoarding. If you have the opportunity and means to help others, then take action today (cf. Gal. 6:10)! You may not be able to help later, for you do not know the misfortunes that may come your way.

It is an undeniable truth that there are some things that cannot be prevented by men (e.g., where rain or a tree may fall). Those who attempt to anticipate every possible problem will likely end up doing nothing. If a farmer waited for absolutely perfect conditions, he'd never plant. We must learn to be wise, yet not procrastinate--take action today! Work diligently and trust God that everything will work out (11:3,4).

Ecclesiastes 11:5,6 declares that certain parts of God's work defy human explanation. We do not understand all that God does or how. But, if we live by faith, we do not need to worry about these things--God will take care of them. Since we do not know the course of the future, we should simply give our best effort now. It is foolish to wait until tomorrow to do what you can accomplish today.

Success is often dependent upon being optimistic. We need to have the "glad to be alive" attitude. Of course, even a life of joy has its days of darkness. These days seem to multiply as one ages (11:7,8).

It is especially good for those who are young to enjoy life to the fullest without forgetting that God will judge all one day (11:9). The wise will cherish and delight in a righteous lifestyle. If one is serving God, he will not engage in activities that God declares to be wrong, and he will not let sorrow destroy his life (11:10).

We will continue our study of Ecclesiastes tomorrow.