Understand Time, Purpose, and Work (2)
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all - Ecclesiastes 9:11
Yesterday, we started looking at understanding time, purpose, and work, today we will continue from where we stopped.
The scripture says in Ecclesiastes 9:11 that I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Chance means opportunity. God will create opportunities for you; God owes you time and opportunity. Time and chance work together. When God gives you a chance, how do you use it?
Opportunities are always knocking at the door. Some miss it because it looks like oppositions. Opportunities are wrapped in the garment of oppositions. The ten spies brought evil report from spying out the land of Canaan, they saw themselves like grasshoppers and concentrated on the oppositions. But Caleb and Joshua saw opportunities (see Numbers 14:8-9). Many have lost precious opportunities because they focused on the oppositions, but there is nothing in the world like opportunity. Opportunity for David is the head of the giant, for what we called opposition is the opportunity in disguise.
Caleb lived because he saw opportunity when others saw opposition. Beloved this is the time to be blessed. You need boldness to seize your opportunity for wealth and weather the opposition that surrounds it. David in passing instruction to Solomon gave him this charge I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore and shew thyself a man (1 Kings 2:2). You must be fearless. Be courageous. God compares us to the eagle. Do not chicken out. Cowards kill themselves at time like this. Stop blaming the government. Your life is not in their hands. Do not be terrified by the opposition. Refuse to give up (Philippians. 1:28, II Corinthians. 4:8-9). If the men and women of God in the hall of fame made it, we can make it.
Prayer: Oh Lord, open my eyes to see opportunity and make me creative in a world of deregulation and competitions in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Proverbs 6:6-8, I Corinthians. 16:9-11, Psalm 34:5
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Nehemiah 3:15-5:13; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 21:5-7