“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap” (11:4). The Preacher warns against striving so hard for perfection that we become paralyzed by indecision or disappointed by life’s imperfections. Go ahead and sow your seed, and “cast your bread upon the waters” (v1), for “you do not know which will prosper, this or that” (v6). Wisdom is helpful, like sharpening an axe, yet we should not fool ourselves into thinking that we are like God and can understand and control everything (10:10, 11:5).
“Light is sweet …” (11:7). When we trust in God’s perfection and not in ourselves and our achievements, we are free to enjoy the life we’ve been given.