Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
The world’s way of doing things is often totally the opposite of God’s ways. God’s thoughts aren’t always our thoughts and God’s ways aren’t always our ways (Isaiah 55:8, 9). We have to renew our mind to God’s way of doing things. The world’s way says that when times are hard hold on to what you have but God often will lead us to sow. Yes, hard times are for priority spending and cutting back on waste but that doesn’t mean to cut back on sowing. God can bless and increase us when we sow regardless of the condition of our circumstances. If we observe our conditions , it could lead to not sowing. We can’t always wait for perfect conditions to sow. Sowing is what will change the conditions.
The exhortation in Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 tells us to cast our bread upon water and after many days we’ll find it coming back to us. We should also diversify our sowing or sow a portion to seven and also to eight. It then says that certain conditions we have no control over, the clouds pouring out rain when full or where a tree falls. Then to wait for perfect conditions (observing the wind) to sow and perfect conditions to reap (observing the clouds) we’ll end up not sowing or reaping. Observing conditions and waiting for perfect conditions will result in inactivity and there is never a harvest from inactivity. If we participate in an event called sowing in spite of conditions we will also participate in an event called reaping in spite of conditions.