“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap” (Ecclesiastes 11:4).
The meaning? John Waddey comments, “His illustration is that of a farmer who is so concerned about having perfect conditions for sowing or reaping that he never gets his crop planted; or if he does, he fails to get it harvested” (Waddey, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, A Exposition, p. 64). Matthew Henry comments, “If the husbandman should decline, or leave off, sowing for the sake of every flying cloud, and reaping for the sake of every blast of wind, he would make an ill account of husbandry at the year’s end” (Henry’s Commentary, Vol. 3, p. 859). Adam Clark comments, “If a man neither plough nor sow till the weather is entirely to his mind, the season will in all probability pass before he will have done anything” (Clark’s Commentary, Vol. 3, p. 834).
Too many excuse their inactivity by claiming that “It is not the right time.” They claim that they are looking for the ideal circumstance. However, such never seems to come.
There is much that needs to be done. Life is short. If we wait until all difficulties are removed, likely what needs to be done, will never be done. Think on this. Then, get to work!
“To the work! To the work! We are servants of God, Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; with the balm of His counsel our strength to renew, let us do with our might what our hands find to do” (Song: To The Work by Fanny Crosby).
“I want to be a worker for the Lord. I want to love and trust His holy word; I want to sing and pray and be busy ev’ry day, in the vineyard of the Lord\I want to be a worker ev’ry day; I want to lead the erring in the way that leads to heav’n above Where all is peace and love, in the kingdom of the Lord\I want to be a worker strong and brave; I want to trust in Jesus pow’r to save; all who will truly come shall find a happy home in the kingdom of the Lord” (Song: I Want to be a Worker by I. Baltzell).