As we reach the end of Ecclesiastes, chapter 11 continues to provide us with some perspective – and some advice.
As he has written so often before, there are some things you just can’t do anything about. Furthermore, you can spend so much time waiting for the right time that you lose opportunity (that’s what verse 4 is about).
There will always be information you don’t have. You will never know everything about everything to make a totally perfect decision (vs. 5).
Then, things happen to interrupt our plans (vs. 3).
So, in light of all this, do something. That’s the business of casting your bread on the waters. The book of Kings tells us that Solomon sent trading ships to sea and it took three years for their return. You have to take chances (verses 1 & 6).
Diversify what you do. My mother would say: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” That’s verse 2.
But whatever you do, don’t forget God. Take Him into your plans, and plan only what He would approve, for God is the ultimate judge of success or failure (verse 9).