Time and Chance Happen to Everyone

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.

Time and Chance Happens to Everyone Ecclesiastes 5

Ecclesiasties 9:11 NLT

Time and chance happen to everyone.

Bad crap happens. Dangers are a part of everyday life. And it’s just the way that it is. See Ecc. 11:3.

Today’s analogies would be:

Whoever drives a car may be hit by oncoming traffic; whoever retreats safely inside may fall down the steps. Whoever uses electricity may be electrocuted; and whoever cooks on a stove top may get burned.

Dangers are a part of life and it’s just the way it is. Bad things happen. Accidents happen. The baby pulls the pot of boiling water off the stove. The electric plug had too much moisture inside, it sparked, and caught on the house on fire.

However, skill, wisdom, and understanding can bring profit and success in the midst of danger lurking around the corner (Ecc 10:10). But even with skill, timing and chance is everything. If you’re too slow, your toast (Ecc. 10:11).

But, it’s not always the first to win. It’s not always the early bird gets the worm. Sometimes the late mouse gets the cheese. It’s all back to time and chance (Ecc. 9:11).

Sometimes things just happen and they are what they are (Ecc. 10:3). And if you keep looking and waiting for the perfect time, you’ll miss out (Ecc. 10:4). There is no perfect time that we can determine, it is outside of our knowledge. Only God in his infinite wisdom and control time and chance (Ecc. 10:5).

Therefore, don’t assume because you wake up early and work first that you’ll be successful because “that’s what successful people do.” God is not a blessing machine nor a magic genie. He cannot be manipulated because things are supposed to work a certain way. The reality is, we don’t know what will happen (Ecc. 9:12; 10:14; 11:6). That being said, make sure if you get up early and work, don’t veg in front of the TV later. Make sure you’re working hard in more than one way. Because you do not know if your first job will always be there. And your side hustle or 2nd job may become more successful than you had ever thought possible.

In conclusion, everything is here today and gone tomorrow. Death comes equally to us all, and it is one thing of which you can be sure (Ecc. 9:1-3; 12:7). So, enjoy life before you die (Ecc. 9:7-10; 12:1-7). And above all, obey God because He is God (Ecc. 12:13). Do not obey God because He can provide blessing. Do not obey God because of His protection.

By Your Goodness or God’s Goodness?

Starting & Living the Christian Life by the Goodness of God

We are obsessed with being good. This idea of being good shows up all the time in our culture:

Your Goodness or God's Goodness?

“Was he good?” (Asking the babysitter how your child’s behavior was…)

“How’d he do?” He did a good job. (Talking about someone performing in sports, academics, etc.)

When we do a good job, it means that we have lived up to and fulfilled the expectations set before us. Often, these expectations are unwritten and non-formal. Nonetheless, there is a bar to reach or a standard to live up to that is required in order to be good.

Other ways we show this relative goodness in our culture is by saying “he’s a good man,” or “she’s a good woman,” or “they’re a good Christian.”

Good Christian? Relative to who? Relative to what? Often, when saying someone is a good Christian, the thought process becomes one as follows:

“Well, they read their Bible more than most. They pray more than most. They go to church more than most. They dress nicer than most. They talk better than me. The give more money than me. Etc…”

What Defines Goodness?

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5 Amazingly Simple Words that Will Explode your Bible Reading Comprehension

How the Five W's Can Help You Read the Bible

Often, during times of my Bible reading, I get lost in the story. I become enamored with the people, the surroundings, the circumstances. Especially when it comes to the miracles of Jesus, I’m astonished at the things that happened.

5 Amazingly Simple Words that Will Explode your Bible Reading Comprehension

For example, one of my life long dreams would be to experience what it felt like to walk on water. For real, imagine jumping off a dock thinking you’re gonna drop in, then slam!! It’s impossible! It’ll never happen! But it did happen, and I can’t begin to imagine what it felt like. I wonder if Peter had a new understanding of “sea legs,” by the time he was finished walking on the water?

But, sometimes if I’m not careful, I find myself getting lost in the extraordinary and forfeiting what God wants to speak directly into my life.

Sometimes when I read the Bible, it’s a supernatural experience. I know God’s with me, I can sense His presence, and whatever He’s saying to my mind and my Spirit is sweet as candy. Other times, during my Bible reading, it feels like I’m smashing my head against a rock. Nothing I’m reading makes any sense, and I have no idea what it’s for. Learning to know that both are

Both of these experiences help us grow. In different ways, they help us deepen our relationship with God.

With that said, there’s something many of us have learned in elementary school that will radically change and improve our Bible reading. They are the five W’s (with a little twist):

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Has God Given You a Hope and a Future?

Jeremiah 29:11 - Out of Context Means it Doesn't Mean What we Think

As followers of Christ, we tend to believe that we should be protected by God from everything evil and blessed with everything good. So, we read the Bible and quote it saying, “God has promised me a hope and a future. He has plans to prosper me.” However, we fail to realize this wasn’t a promise to 21st-century believers.

Has God Given You a Hope and a Future? Does God plan to prosper you?

Here’s why we say that:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Other translations phrase it like this: “plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” And generally, whenever we hear money, I mean prosper, we tend to think money, money, money! Along with that money comes time and freedom that apparently can’t be found elsewhere…

When reading the Bible, there are certain rules of literature we must pay attention to. Historical happenings (what was actually going down at that moment in history) and original intent (what the author meant to say to his original audience) are a couple of things we need to consider when reading a passage from the Bible.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Try to Read The Bible In a Year

An Alternative Approach to the Read Your Bible in a Year Program

Today’s post is from David Ramos. He is a Christian author and teacher passionate about communicating the life-changing truths found in the Old Testament. You can learn more about David and his writing at RamosAuthor.com.

If you’re a Christian, at some point in your life one of your New Year’s Resolutions will be to read through the Bible in a year.

The question is, should we attempt to read the Bible in a year?

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Try to Read the Bible in a Year

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Is The Door God Opens the Door We Should Go Through?

How to Know if God "Opened a Door"

Often times, we tend to make our decisions as followers of Christ by rationalizing with a phrase similar to this: “God opened a door.”

Is The Door God Opened the Door that We Should Go Through?

In the same way, when things seem to turn for the worst, we begin to rationalize that God is closing a door and there must be something else God wants us to do. We summarize that idea by saying, “When God closes one door, He opens another.”

But is that true? More than that, is it true that when God opens a door, it is the actual door that we are supposed to go through?

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