Verse of the day.
I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
While observing the many vanities of life, King Solomon looked and yet observed again: the best people don’t always win. This is ironic, at least from a human point of view.
The system of the world teaches and compels us to devise our own destinies, to write our own stories by sheer willpower and desire.
Pursue your dream!
Believe in yourself!
These are a few of the many motivational talks we hear. And although this comes off as being positive, it often isn’t. These positive self-talks often come from the root of human problems:
We have believed a lie: that we must please ourselves, that we can get whatever we want if we try hard enough; this includes possessing God – without His help!. We have somehow managed to make ourselves gods of our own lives.
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However, this scripture shows us the Truth we need so bad: we are not God!
This is not to make us lazy or unbothered about living, rather it is to help us see that being swift, strong, wise, intelligent or skillful does not guarantee victory. So when we gain a thing, we are quick to attribute it to God (1 Corinthians 4:7).
We must lose the sense of self-dependence that makes us either proud of whatever we have or envious of what others have that we don’t.
Throughout scripture, we see God use weak people and impossible situations to display His wonderful grace. He is still in this business.
And so, we have to see that in the end, God – who controls time and chance – is the Center of it all. He runs the show, is sovereign over all, and He alone decides what befalls each of us.
This truth humbles us, helps us see grace for what it is and frees us to trust the One who paints our lives into His beautiful masterpiece.
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Lord, forgive me for the times I tried to run my own show. Help me daily recognize your sovereignty, lean on Your grace and trust You completely. Amen.
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