Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN TO THEM ALL. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
Somewhere in the middle of the verse above, it hit me. Time and chance happen to them all. So everybody has a chance. A chance to make it happen. A shot at destiny. Destiny does not belong solely to those who are fast, strong, better equipped, rich, intelligent, favorable or knowledgable. God gives all of us a chance to fulfill His vision for us.
You see it throughout scripture. Zechariah and Elizabeth – way too old to have a baby. God gave them John the Baptist.
Mary and Joseph from a little town called Nazareth where nothing good comes out – chosen as parents of Jesus.
Gideon – the least of the clans – chosen to lead his people.
Moses – a man who can’t speak and lead – chosen to lead a million people to the promise land.
All of us has a shot at destiny. We see it everyday in the news. Nameless people given a chance to fulfill their dreams. Manny Pacquiao, CNN Hero Efren Penaflorida, blast victim Raissa Laurel and more….
One day you will collide with your destiny. It is the day when God’s will collides with you and something big and monumental happens in your life. It is destiny being fulfilled. Aren’t you excited about the thought of that!
But just like what the Scripture says – time and chance happens to us all. The warning is that we can also miss our God-ordained destiny. it could be because of laziness, living in sin, disobedience and hard heartedness.
Today, most of our church people are in our 4th day of fast. We are seeking God’s vision for our lives. We are fighting for our destiny. We don’t want to be distracted with what the world or the enemy is offering us. We want what God wants for us.