Â I returned and saw under the sun thatâ€”
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 favour to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.Â
Have you ever wondered why it is that even though you have an
impeccable work record, your lesser-qualified colleague gets promoted over you?
What if you encountered a situation where the newly appointed executives at
your company abscond with millions of dollars, bankrupt the organization where
you have devoted years of service, and leave you without a job?
These scenarios are common enough in the workplace these days.
It is said that if Wall Street were to sneeze, the world economy would catch a
cold. Companies these days rise and fall in a matter of months. Dedicated
service and hard work now seem irrelevant and unappreciated. Itâ€™s tempting just
to sit back and slack off. After all, what use is it?
But King Solomon said, â€œTime and chance happen to them all.â€ In
other words, overtime and increased workplace productivity may get you nowhere,
but time and chanceâ€”the opportunity as governed by Godâ€”will happen to all.
Solomon opens his wise book with the words: â€œVanity of vanities,
all is vanity.â€ All our earthly labors are futile and weâ€™re just â€œgrasping for
the wind,â€ he mentions later. Without Godâ€™s providence and without His
blessings, if we place no faith, no trust, and no thanks in His plans for us,
then all things amount to vanity.
But if we put our hope in God and continue to strive in our
labor, we will see that everything is beautiful in Godâ€™s time. That is why
Solomon tells us again and again: to labor is our portion in life and our
heritage from God. We are to do it with our might and with gladness: there is
nothing better than to rejoice and to do good in our lives, and to enjoy the
harvest of our hard work. This is a gift of God.
So the next time youâ€™re faced with the
Monday morning blues or company morale has hit rock bottom, just remember:
there is a time and a season for everything.
1. Its time to do your taxes. Do you sigh in
resignation, thinking about how death and taxes are inevitable, or do you thank
God you have a job in which you can pay your bills?
2. Your talents may be under-utilised at work
right now. Have you thought using the extra time to serve the Lord? Is now the
time and chance for you?