It is so easy to become depress and frustrated when you see others your equal seems to be so far ahead than you currently are.
You sit in awe as you observe your peers and their kids graduate from college, start a family, create their own business and just simply making tremendous progress with their lives. At the same time it appears as if life is just passing you by and absolutely nothing seems to be working out for you.
What can be even more frustrating is the fact that your kids just seem to be going backward instead of forward. Either they didn't finish high school, never went to college, their marriages are not working out, they just seem to be just hanging around wasting their lives. At some point you must ask the question, “Where did I go wrong, how am I any different than anyone else?” These thought can become even more aggravating knowing that you started out ahead of the folks that are now ahead of you.
While reading yesterday, I came across a very interesting passage of scripture that actually spoke to these very common scenarios and here is what it said from the King James Version of the bible:
“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 favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all” Ecclesiastes 9:11
However, the New Living translation bible says it this way, “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”
With the above being said let’s look at a few common observation in our communities that will bring the reality of these scriptures to life. How many folks do you know that have a college degree but may be you and others make a lot more money than they do? How many folks that you are aware of that are wise but not rich? How many folks that you know have great understanding concerning how things work and operate but no one gives them favor? I can go on and on and on but I am sure you go the point already.
Here is what I see in this passage of scripture and I would add that my observation is indeed a spiritual law. King Solomon in his wisdom clearly understood that riches, understanding, being swift, being strong, wise, or whatever else we constitute as giving us an advantage in life will not “GUARANTEE” success and prosperity.
Instead, spiritual law clearly states that TIME AND OPPORTUNITY is distributed among all human beings. Armed with this understanding this should automatically change the way that we pray. Meaning instead of asking God for wealth, riches, favor, promotion, a husband, a wife, a home or whatever, ask God to divinely position us at HIS
SET TIMES FOR HIS PREARRANGED OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE'S PROVIDED IN ADVANCE FOR US………..
“Father, your word declares that you have already blessed us with “ALL” spiritual blessings in heavenly places, Eph. 1:3. Therefore lord I am convinced that everything has already been put in place by you for me to succeed. I believe this with all my heart and as a result I am humbly asking you to direct my path according to your set timing for those opportunities you’ve made available just for me according to Eccl 9:11. Father I am reminding you of your word like you have asked me to do, and your word clearly says, “That I must trust in you with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding but in all my ways I must acknowledge you and you promise that as a result of me doing this YOU WILL DIRECT MY PATH TO MY TIME AND OPPORTUNITIES” I ask this in Jesus name amen!
Friends, I am feeling this one this morning, join me in declaring and decreeing that God has set aside a specific time along with a season for a specific opportunity for us today and every other day for the rest of our lives in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing