11 The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Ecclesiastes 3:11, New International Version

It is not always the swiftest or the strongest or the smartest or even the most skillful who succeeds or wins. Sometimes ordinary people can truly make the most extraordinary difference, if and when they dare to seize their God-given opportunity.

When Solomon tells us “time and chance happen to them all”, he is saying everything in life is about timing and opportunity. Essentially, it is about being the right person at the right time in the right place. Joseph is such a great example for us. God prepared him through big dreams, heartbreaks, betrayals and imprisonment so that Joseph became the ideal person to rescue a nation from famine. And in doing so, he even saved his own family.

Sometimes when God speaks, somehow the opposite happens.

You may face opposition or disapproval from people you never expect, struggle with self-doubt and insecurity, fearing failure and dealing with unbelief. It is even worse, especially when you feel others are getting ahead of you and your life is lacking direction and purpose.

Don’t be discouraged even if nothing seems to be going right for you.

You may think God has forgotten you, but He knows exactly where you are and how to get you to where He wants you to be. Choose to be at peace with yourself—and learn to wait on God’s timing. Even Jesus had to do that. At the age of twelve, Jesus knew He must be about His Father’s business and yet He waited until He was thirty years old to begin His public ministry.

God doesn’t take shortcuts when it comes to getting you ready.

This is necessary because God knows the obstacles that can hinder you from reaching your purpose and destiny in life. You should learn to trust God for His perfect timing. In doing so, you might have an edge over those who are more qualified than you.


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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