Dove of peace an hope. Photo taken by Candy Clonts

Ecclesiastes 11:1 (Amplified Bible) CAST YOUR bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Bring your cares, desires, troubles, needs, wants; bring all you are carrying, good, bad or indifferent to the feet of Jesus. Cast your bread upon the waters (1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible) Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.) Jesus cares about your every concern, give them to Him.

After many days you shall find it. AFTER MANY DAYS….don’t always expect Him to jump and fix things as you ask. Too many times scripture tells us to be still, fear not nor be dismayed (discouraged), and to *WAIT (see the note below for wait).  We humans are not good waiters. We have too many instant this, instant that. Like the saying goes, “God is not a microwave.” The Lord has His timing for a reason and purpose. The main reason and purpose is to draw us near to Him. (Hebrews 10:22 (KJV) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

This phrase is also a great promise that He will do what He has promised..He will answer us. (Isaiah 43:1-5 (KJV) {Put your name in the place of Israel and Jacob – make scripture personal.} 1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring…..) Everything God promised to all the worthies of faith and so many others, did He not answer them? Did God not fulfill His word to them?

Many times the answers were not what ones thought. I think of Joseph at the moment. Do you think he really knew that he was going to save his family like God had it to unfold? Do you remember his dreams? Joseph didn’t really know his brothers and parents were going to bow to him like they did and how it all came about, through a famine?….uhhh…Did you get that, I hope so, because I’m not sure how else to explain it. (2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.) In Joseph’s life this was for the glory of God. Your answers will be also as you wait and allow Him to do the work in you and your situation.

Anyway, God uses His own way, time and circumstances to answer us. But, know God has heard you and He will give you an answer. Until then, wait and rest in Him. (Psalms 27:14 (Amplified Bible) Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.– Psalms 27:14 (KJV) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.)

Looking to the “Son,” our hope. Photo taken by Candy Clonts

Why bring WAITING into the main verse in Ecc.? It is the essence of the ability to see, one day, “many days”, to see our answers to our prayer. Trust the Lord. His grace will give and lead you into the hope for His promises to you.

Lord bless you and thank you for your time. I trust as you seek the Lord for your needs, you will know His grace and experience His wonderful hope.

*[A good definition of waiting…(Matthew 11:28-30 (Amplified Bible) 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.) Also look at Acts 1:4 “wait for the promise” and John 15:1-9 “abide in me,” “continue ye in”…. wait (in Acts) means to stay and it comes from the word abide and continue (in John) which means to dwell, stay, remain, endure, tarry… ]