Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Bakery on the Beach

August 9

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days."  Ecclesiastes 11:1

"Hold it, and GOD will mold it, like day old manna."


To cast is to let go; and in the Christian life, it is to toss everything to the care of CHRIST.  Go ahead, do it now ... for soon the tide of judgment will overtake your island called Refuge, and you will be swept out against your will.  But this "bread" is all I have; and the waters are vast and deep, all encompassing and foreboding.  No matter, you must cast!  Those who leisurely stroll the beaches, those 'toe-dippers', trying the waters depth and temperature, will miss what GOD wants them to find.  "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for MY sake shall find it."  What a pitiful thing it is, to bottle oneself up in the vain years of self discovery.  "... if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature:"  Do you really believe that HE has redeemed and redefined you?  If so, uncork that little life of yours, and cast it into the deep waters of a dying world; only then will you truly find yourself.

"And when it was evening, HIS disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.  But JESUS said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  And they say unto HIM, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.  He said, bring them hither to ME ... And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children."  Dear Christian friend, have you not found it best to cast all that the LORD supplies to be invested in the exhibition of WHO HE is? "... For THINE is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."  Yes! ... HE provides all the "bread"; but it is yours to do with what you will.  Cast it, and you will find it multiplied to HIS glory, and to the sustenance of those shipwrecked souls HE came to save.  Hold it, and GOD will mold it, like day old manna. 

"And GOD is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"  Why do you swoon on the beach, when the bakery of HIS grace is open 24\7?  In the midst of all the hustle-bustle along the shores, look for the enterprise of the cross, get what HE gives, and give it a toss ... "thou shalt find" plenty leftover for you. 

"And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."

For Love of Country
William Rosecrans  (1819-1898)
(Union General, known for insisting that his troops not fight on the Sabbath)
"GOD never fails those who truly trust."

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