Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6 (NIV)
The weather is rarely perfect for farmers to sow seed, or to reap the harvest. What they have to do is take advantage of the best conditions possible to get the job done. The verses quoted above tell us that it is easy to keep your eye on the wind and the clouds, but in doing so you may be prevented you from just getting on with it.
This is exactly the same in sharing the gospel. We would all like perfect conditions when sharing the gospel with someone. If only the person involved was acutely receptive to what we are sharing, if there were no distractions or disturbances to stop them focusing on the message. However, as we are unlikely to get these perfect conditions it is all too easy to hold back, using the excuse that things just weren’t right.
The second part of the quote from Ecclesiastes 11 encourages us to sow seed in the morning and the evening, because we don’t know which will be successful. If we take the seed to mean the gospel message, then it is appropriate to share the message as often as possible. What we have to do is trust God to use the message, to break through into the person’s heart and to open their eyes to the truth.
Don’t sit around waiting for perfect conditions to share the gospel. Accept whatever opportunities you have to share the truth with others and trust God to use them in the way he chooses.
Don’t keep your eye on the wind and the clouds, keep it on God.
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