"Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let not your hands be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well."
Solomon, one of the wisest men ever known, brings us the Lord’s wisdom in the book of Ecclesiastes regarding making the most of our opportunities in life - despite obstacles, conditions, or our perception of personal limitations. There are times when we can potentially miss opportunities to “live life to the fullest” within the boundaries set out for us by the Lord, miss opportunities to serve the Lord, grow spiritually, or minister and care for others in their time of need. As Solomon begins, he cautions us about always waiting for the “right conditions” before we take action – “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
He continues in his wisdom reminding us that we never know what God is doing, even through our seasons of suffering, trial, and hardship. “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in the mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” What a comfort to know that God knows all things, is in the midst of all things, and is working in all things, on our behalf, even when we cannot yet see the evidence. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” This truth of God working in “all things” means, “all things,” even the things we cannot understand, the broken, shattered pieces of a situation we cannot put together, when we cannot see directly the work of His hands. Pastor Johnny Hunt comments, “When we can’t trace God’s hands, we can trust His heart.”
Solomon concludes this stanza with a call to action, “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” We are to be active in our faith, pursuing opportunities to grow in our relationship with Jesus, taking advantage of opportunities to serve the Lord and others, learning to trust Him fully to lead and guide us in all wisdom and truth, leaving the results up to Him. We are simply called to faithful obedience, sometimes out of duty regardless of our feelings and at other times we’re able to walk in complete obedience to God because we desire to please Him. God is ready and willing to use us for His purposes despite our weaknesses and limitations, as well as using our life experiences, “working in all things,” to make us most effective in drawing others to Him.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for this day You have made as an opportunity for me to both live for You and press into You through small steps of obedience. Lord, there are moments when taking those first intentional and most vital steps beginning at the first glimpse of dawn as my feet hit the floor, that I am in desperate need of Your strength within to press on. Remind me often throughout this day of your enduring presence with me and Your faithfulness to me hour by hour, moment by moment as I surrender to You. Help me sow seeds of faith with each step of obedience toward You, looking for opportunities to love, to care for, and to serve others pointing them to the true hope only You can provide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.