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Accomplishment (Studies in Ecclesiastes 11)

“He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap” Ecclesiastes 11:4.

The husbandman who observes and over-analyzes the weather—that is, the wind and every passing cloud—will never find conditions just right, so the planting season will be over before he thinks he can safely plant; as well, he can never expect a harvest.

The metaphor continues and gives a description of one who hesitates to be charitable because he is afraid he will inadvertently give to an imposter. Thus, he will actually never get around to accomplishing anything worthwhile, including helping the poor. Solomon is here anticipating such arguments offered by those who don’t really want to help others anyway.

To broaden the application of this message, we know that taking risks is a part of life, whether secular or spiritual. And, spiritually speaking, we must be willing to trust God if we ever expect to fulfill the Great Commission.

It is easy to be a naysayer; but if we magnify every little difficulty or imagine the worst that could happen in every situation, we will never do what needs to be done in spreading the gospel or in helping the church to grow. We just place our faith in God, pray that His will be done, and move forward to accomplish whatever we can for Him under the direction of His word.

"Thought for the Week - 08/23/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.