Cast Your Bread Upon the Water

“Serve the Lord at work, at home and in church. He is your exceeding great reward. Cast your bread upon the waters in faith that you will find it again after many days.”

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.


Do you ever feel like you’re slogging away at life with seemingly no return? Get up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to work, thrash out your day, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, get up in the morning… It’s like you’re casting your bread upon the water never to see it again. Or will you?

Do you ever feel like you’re slogging away at life with seemingly no return? Get up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to work, thrash out your day, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, get up in the morning… so on. It’s like you’re casting your bread upon the water never to see it again. Or will you?

That expression comes from the Bible. We read it in the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a book about the seeming futility of life. It was penned by King Solomon, the son of David. Solomon asked God for wisdom and was blessed to become the wealthiest king in Israel’s history. Yet he wrote, “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” However, Solomon also wrote, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” To finish quoting that expression above, the scripture says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”

God has not called you to be more than you are, he has called you to be all that you are. And we are all called to all the world. Whatever you do in life – at work, in your relationships, in your pastimes – do it with all your might, as unto Jesus. We are told that all we do in life needs to be done in the name of Jesus. And in the Lord, our labour is not in vain.

So go for it! Give it your all, even when it feels like you’re slogging away the old sausage machine, churning out sausage after sausage without return. Do it for Jesus, at work, at home and in church. He is your exceeding great reward. Cast your bread upon the waters in faith that you will find it again after many days.

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Help me to see a return for my toil but even if I don’t, help me to do it with all my might

“My God, I get so fatigued doing the same old after the same old, every day. Sometimes I feel like I’m making no ground; like I’m slogging away without return. But I know now that all I do in life – especially my work – is to be done for you and in the name of Jesus. So, I change my thinking and choose to dedicate my work and my relationships to you. I do it for you, Lord. I know in you my labour is never in vain. Help me to see a return for my toil but even if I don’t, help me to do it with all my might. Amen.”
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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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