11 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. 12 For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:11–12)
The fastest person does not always win the race. The strongest warrior does not always emerge victorious. Life is uncertain. Often, the “sure thing” is not so sure. The uncertainty of life – “time and chance” – can either be your incentive to trust the Lord and do His will, or your excuse to throw caution to the wind. The choice is yours. Misfortune can occur without warning, and when it does you are at the mercy of life’s circumstances. No one knows when calamity may strike. Be ready for whatever life brings by walking with God each day. “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).