It can be good bad or indifferent, but it does come back to you, the way a boomerang comes back to the one who throws it. Since I was a little girl I have heard my dad use this misquote, both in sermons and at the table: “Cast your bread upon the waters and after many days it will return unto you pound cake!” Well King James literally says: Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.
I have seen financial miracles happen all my life, from the time I was just a small girl hearing my dad cry out to the Lord for help and having it come by someone coming to the door with food, or money, to a letter in the mail. There was a time, I was eight years old, just old enough to worry because I heard daddy praying such a prayer. The very next day a letter came in the mail that looked like it had been through a war zone it was so beat up! It was simply addressed to Harry Mushegan, Tennessee. That letter had traveled from California, to Tennessee, to North Carolina, South Carolina and back to Tennessee forwarded by people that thought they knew where he was. But the day it reached him was the day he needed it most, it contained the amount of money he had prayed so earnestly for. To him that was a perfect example of “casting your bread upon the waters”, he made it clear to us that as He had always been a giver and a helper, in turn, God inspired the person who sent the letter to send it so that it would reach him just at the right time, and gave one little girl a great big dose of faith! It has passed on to my siblings and me, that we need to give to God, not because we expected return, but because we wanted to, but the results have always been the same, we have seen God move on our behalf over and over again.
I have heard people say “No good deed goes unpunished,” meaning that anytime they try to do good or help someone something always seems to go wrong. That may be the case at times and I think it’s a roadblock put there by Satan who is trying to deter us and keep us from being blessed. Tonight when the minister mentioned an event that happened at the Friday night prayer meeting I used to conduct I was reminded of something else that returned after many years, something I had forgotten about! The Lord allowed me to see a prophecy come to fruition and have it recognized by the person who had received it. During one of those prayer meetings a young man, 18, had come for prayer and the Lord used me to give him a word. That was 39 years ago, I had never thought of it again until one night recently when he gave a testimony of how God has prospered him in business from taking a job right out of high school to becoming the VP of a major company, not just in this city but in the world. In his testimony he gave the exact words, remembered for all these years of the prophecy telling how it had all come to pass. I was so grateful to God Almighty and give Him all the praise He deserves.
I have had the feeling lately that nothing I had done was of any real value and I pray over what I say in this venue to you hoping that your life will be touched or changed. I’m not looking for any praise, just the knowledge that I am using the talent or gift that God has given me to be of service in His Kingdom, and He used this testimony to remind me of something from long ago, the bread of time and prayer and effort, returned to me the pound cake of blessing, the knowing that I had, by being a yielded vessel of the Lord, been able to help and increase faith.
This is what I am saying to you for Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Cast the bread of good deeds, a smile, a random act of kindness, offerings to the Lord, both of your personal time and your money, and see it come back to you, I promise you it will!