The Proper Way For Christians To Act - Ecclesiastes 9:11-16

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)

Wisdom positions you in the place of opportunity. For instance, those who depend on their own intellect to figure out the direction for their lives will always make mistakes. The proper way for Christians to act is to humble themselves and ask God for direction. (Proverb 3:6).

Sometimes in a sporting tournament, we find the athletes or clubs touted to win or set a new record lose out to the underdog. Often times, favorites and more skilled teams fall by the wayside in football tournaments. This same scenario plays out in other games too, and in the game of life itself, showing that there’s more to life than being the “most qualified or smartest” person around.

The Living Bible renders our opening scripture thus: “the swiftest person does not always win the race, nor the strongest man the battle, and that wise men are often poor, and skillful men are not necessarily famous; but it is all by chance, by happening to be at the right place at the right time” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 TLB).

Here, the Scriptures reveal the importance of being positioned in the place of opportunity; it’s a positioning by grace, where you’re in the right place, in God’s time! It’s a place where things work out for you without you having to struggle. “And thanks be unto God, Christ has been made unto you wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

The wisdom of God in you will guide and lead you in the path of God’s destiny for your life.