Key Word:- PERSEVERE
Title:- Do & Diversify!
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.
Just about everything we do, seemingly, has no guarantee of success. Work hard, live frugally, save your money, and the stock exchange or the housing market crashes. Love your husband, raise your children , sacrifice your career to being the best mom in the world, the best wife a man could have, and he leaves you for a busty bimbo! Build a business, work every hour that God sends and then watch it sink beneath the backwash of fierce financial demands, from markets that vanish over night influenced by a communist regime in China that decides to buy the world's copper! Pray for that kid, nurture them, love them, invest in them and then watch stupidity overtake them like an armed man and disaster wreck both their lives and yours.
Friends, I hate to disappoint you but there is no spiritual equation that if intimately followed, will automatically churn out the right numbers of your hearts desires at the other end! Little if nothing in life comes with a guarantee of success.
Now friends we don’t like this and we don't like it for a number of reasons.
First of all it goes against what most of us have been taught in church and see and hear on Christian television each day. Secondly, it tends to initially breed despondency and despair, and thirdly, it appears to leave us powerless in a hard and cruel world. I think it is this seeming ‘powerlessness’ that we fear the most?
Our verse for today however is exceptionally encouraging. It provides us with true power and the distinct capacity to change things. First though, here are some hard facts:-
• If you are a dragon of a domineering wife, you can almost guarantee he might just leave you for a soft, sugar-coated, sweet and busty bimbo.
• If you are a louse-bag of a father, you can almost guarantee you’ll have to visit your kids in an institution.
• If you are a blind businessman you can almost guarantee a sinking business.
• If you are an unwise and un-spread investor, you can almost guarantee some losses.
• If you do not follow God’s instructions, you can guarantee negative results, destruction and even death.
These things in life are guaranteed!
What our verse today actually says is “Hey! Try this, try that, persevere, don’t give up, because you don’t know, it just might work; indeed, they all might work!”
In life then, disobedience, laziness, despair and despondency will almost always lead to failure. This is guaranteed! However, though there may be no secured guarantee of success for hard work and hope…..who knows! Life is full of people who persevered through setbacks and seeming failures; from scientists to novelists, from designers to dancers. Perseverance and diversification seem to be some of the keys to success!
Whatever happens, do right and do good and remember, though we are not in control, God is. Guaranteed! Though terrible things may happen, God is good. Guaranteed! Strong winds and dark clouds eh? Well what did you expect? This is a fallen world! Now get up and get on. Who knows what good may yet come to you from your faithful perseverance and the loving hands of our good God.
Listen:- He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4
Pray: - Give me new ideas O Lord and the strength to carry them through, but in all things O God, let me always delight in You. Amen.