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.

Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography

Love 146
10/19/2014

Love 146 is a charity I personally support. They exist to bring an end to child sex trafficking and exploitation.

Yahoo Stop Child Abuse Images

Here are the quick and short details of what I’m asking you to do:

– Go over to Love 146’s call to action for standing against child abuse images by clicking on the image or clicking here.
– Once you are there, read the short explanation, then sign the petition with your name and email.

These two simple steps may help stop child exploitation online, and may help stop people from having the ability to find child pornography through Yahoo’s search engine. It’d be a start to the solution.

Son of God Movie Ticket Giveaway

I recently shared my thoughts about the upcoming Son of God movie and expressed that I am excited to see it. I have been given the opportunity to provide host a giveaway of four free tickets to see Son of God in theaters!

Son of God

I am excited about this and hope you will deepen your relationship with Jesus as a result of seeing this visual description of His life. For those of you who may not win, I hope you still take a moment to reflect on Jesus by seeing the film. Good luck!

 

Wait – My One Word 2014

Wait on God

Wait on God

The idea: Choose one word which will represent what I desire for God to work in my life this year. Read more about this movement over at myoneword.org.

Sounds easy, that is, picking one word. Then, there were many more words coming to my mind than I first considered. So after reflection, observation, and prayer, I feel God desires for me to learn the art of the waiting.

Wait

Wait is my one word for 2014. This word, wait, is going to guide my growth as an individual throughout this year.

I feel that God has been working on waiting with me for awhile. I’ve always desired to see instant results. I know certain things require time to blossom. However, I seem to get bored while living in the in-between.

Wait & What It Means:

Dictonary.com says wait can mean “to look forward to eagerly.” It can also mean “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens.”

In other terms waiting is trusting in God’s ability to finish. Placing hope in God’s faithfulness. It is counting on God.

Waiting comes with patience, something I sometimes do not have much of. But waiting patiently does not mean sitting back and relaxing. It means to push forward with the expectation that God will arrive on the scene to help at any second. It doesn’t mean do nothing, it means do something and look to God for help. It means counting on God to do the things that we cannot do ourselves.

All this action occurs with a calmness of spirit. Any movement progresses without irritability, without losing one’s temper, and without losing one’s mind. It is empty of complaint and employs a great deal of self-control. This is true patience.

Waiting also includes perseverance. I can expect to have my faith tested. I can expect stressors to enter my life. This is God’s way of developing perseverance and maturing me in my faith.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

So when the stressors come, if I am learning to wait on God, then I will be calm and not stressed out. I will not let complaints roll off my tongue. This isn’t a hard idea to wrap my brain around, it is just a difficult virtue to develop. God help me to match my living with my understanding of this concept.

This year I determine to learn how to WAIT on God:

  • for His presence
  • for His strength
  • for His provision
  • for His direction
  • for His timing
  • for His wisdom

As I learn to wait on God, I will also develop more patience with people. I will become less irritable with my wife when I’m feeling stress. I will be avoid feeling stress as situations may not change as quickly as I desire. I will learn how to better balance my family life as I learn to wait on God.

As I learn to wait on God, I will also develop in my abilities to stay persistent without seeing immediate results. I will discover how to let God further develop ideas inside my mind. I will also learn how to organize and plan actions within a fitting timeline. I will understand how to execute things in the correct timing.

My Scriptures for WAIT:

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…

Ps. 37:7

 

Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.

Ps. 27:14

 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for morning,

more than watchmen wait for morning.

Ps. 130:5-6

 

Since ancient times no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.

Is. 64:4

My reading plan for WAIT:


Waiting on God by Andrew Murray & The In-Between by Jeff Goins

My Song for WAIT:

“Waiting Here for You” as performed by Christy Nockles

“Waiting Here for You” as performed by Martin Smith

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