Tag Archives: calamity

Falling and Rising #923

15  Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place; 16  For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.” (Proverbs 24:15–16, NKJV)

When a righteous person falls into sin or calamity, the wicked person is tempted to take advantage of the situation; to enrich himself at the expense of the fallen. Yet, the righteous will not remain overwhelmed by the moment of transgression or trial; the righteous rise in confessional repentance to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Jno. 1:9-2:1; Phil. 3:14). Therefore, do not seize upon the trials of another as if it is your advantage. It is certain that such wickedness will not stand (v. 16). But, the Lord renews the righteous because they trust Him. If you should find yourself overwhelmed by sin or by a burdensome trial, do not lose heart. The Lord forgives sin and strengthens His people to endure present sufferings. Thank God today for His compassion and for the guidance of His word, which renews our faith and strengthens us to move onward to the dawn of eternity.

Time and Chance #363

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).