Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NIV).
What the writer is advocating is really surprising! He is asking us to throw our bread upon the waters. If we follow his instructions what could possibly happen? We may not know what happens to the bread after it is thrown upon the waters. It may sink underneath the surface. Or it may float downstream. Or it might disintegrate into minute pieces. All these may happen. If this be the case, is it worth trying to obey what the Word of God says?
What the writer here actually intends is this that we should do good without thinking of the returns. We need not worry ourselves thinking whether the bread that we have given away will help those to whom we had given it. We may not be able to predict what they might do with it. They may eat it, share it with others or even sell it. To seek what they do with it is none of our business.
But God’s Word promises that after many days we will find what we had given away. “How is it possible?” you may ask. It is a secret that only those who make it a habit of giving knows. But you can be sure of one thing; that your finding the bread after many days will give you a lot of surprises. And you will certainly be surprised by the great amount of good it had done; something you had never dreamed to be possible.
So do good when you have the opportunity. It may mean giving to one more person than you had actually planned to; for your opportunity may not remain with you forever!