“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”
Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT
You are not here by accident. You’ve been placed here on purpose. It always bothers me when I hear people say, “I’m lucky to be here!” Luck has nothing to do with it. We are loved by God and he has ordered our steps.
Sometimes it seems that our lives are on some random course with an arbitrary God but instead God has a plan for our lives.
The writer of Ecclesiastes is very pessimistic about life. He seems to think life is unfair and left up to chance. Webster defines “chance” this way: something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause.
It’s true that sometimes stuff happens without human intention but that doesn’t negate divine intervention!
- The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race. The rabbit was faster than the turtle but still lost to the turtle because he slept on him. Natural ability alone doesn’t ensure that you’re going to win. It takes skill set and will set. The apostle Paul said, “Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
- The strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. Goliath was much more stronger than the teen shepherd by the name of David, but David’s faith was stronger. Some would say David got off a “lucky shot” against Goliath. Actually David’s faith and preparation enabled him to defeat someone stronger than him.
- Hard work doesn’t always lead to being rich. Some people work hard but don’t have anything to show for it. ‘You expected a large harvest, but instead there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. Why?’ asks the Lord who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house!’ (Haggai 1:9)
- It’s all decided by being in the right place at the right time. The only way to do that is to know that God has ordered our steps. You have to be in it to win it. Being “in it” means that we have to walk in the will of God in order to keep winning at life!
Order my steps. Lead me in the path of righteousness for your namesake. I’m not lucky but rather I’m loved by you and have been for years. When I’m worshipping in your house I’m always reminded that I’m in the right place serving the right God at the right time for the right reason.
In Jesus’ Name,