11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
12 For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.
(Ecclesiastes 9:11-12, New King James Version)
Time and Chance
We do not have to live very long to understand the truths of Solomon's words in Ecclesiastes 9. The race is not always to the swift, the battle to the strong, bread to the wise, riches to men of understanding, or favor to men of skill. Why not? From the perspective of men, time and chance happen to them all.
We describe it in other ways.
*It's not what you know, but who you know.
*It's all about being at the right place at the right time.
Life would be pretty dismal if truly left to time and chance. Though that may seem true from our perspective, as believers we know that though man makes his choices, God directs his paths. I cannot understand how it is true, but I know that no decisions made by man will ever thwart the plans of God.
Do you think Solomon understood that? We forget that men in the Old Testament did not have a Bible in every room, so to speak. As a matter of fact, it is quite possible that even the Levites did not have a copy of the Scriptures during the reign of Solomon.
We know that Solomon prayed to God, and we know that God answered him, but was that a one-time occurrence or did Solomon spend time in fellowship with the Lord every day? We also know, that during the time of David and Solomon, God spoke to them through his faithful prophets, and not face to face.
How much do we appreciate our ability to spend time with God in fellowship and prayer? How much do we access that sweet time of fellowship with the God of all Gods, King of All Kings, and Lord of all Lords? Do we believe that time and chance happen to all mankind?
These are good questions to ponder, for though we believe one thing we often live as though we believe another. Let us, by the grace of God, access the throne of God, and spend some time in fellowship with our God.
God Bless You,