Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” The question is “Where is your bread?” Bread in the Bible is a metaphor of many meanings. In this message, it represents seed. Therefore to cast your bread or seed upon the waters goes against human logic if one expects a bountiful crop. Any farmer would plant his seed in the ground where it has a better chance of growing instead of casting it into the waters. The above scripture represents a spiritual principle; therefore, it goes against our natural ability to understand it.
Solomon tells us to cast our bread upon the waters. The surrounding scriptures let us know that Solomon is telling us to give to the poor and to expect nothing in return at that particular time. The poor cannot repay us, but God will make up the difference with interest. God promises that when you cast your bread upon the waters (give money, goods, services, advice, or a helping hand to those whom you can help), it will be returned to you when you least expect it . . . perhaps after many days.
Where is your bread? Can you chart its location? Did you recently cast it? Or did you cast your bread many days ago? Is it still floating out on the waters? Or is it on its way back to you? Where is your bread at this junction in your life? If you have cast your bread upon the waters, one thing is certain…it will return to you after many days. How long is many days? That’s the faith part of this scripture. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just know it will happen!
The worst place for your bread to be is in your hand. If your bread is enclosed in a tight fist, it will never return to you because you have not released it to God for Him to perform miracles. Release it! Cast it on the waters and see what happens after many days. Though it might seem a venture lost, it will bring you profit when you least expect it.
You might have been casting bread upon the waters all your life. It might have become soggy. Some of it might have sunk. Perhaps some of it floated out into the deep sea. Maybe some fishermen found it and used it for bait, and the fish ate it. You thought your bread was gone forever. Then without warning, your bread finally found its way back to you with the help of God and His people. After many days, your bread is returned to you… not as the crumbs you cast but as king-size loaves. Yes, the return was slow, but it has been worth the wait of many days. Now your blessings are overtaking you!
You might say you have no extra bread to cast upon the waters. Go back and read the scripture. It is interesting that the scripture did not tell us how much bread to cast upon the waters. By faith, cast your bread upon the waters and then forget about it. It is a promise from God that it will return to you after many days. That is a kingdom principle!