The Right Place At The Right Time

Posted: 23 July, 2009 in Ponderings
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The Right Place At The Right Time,

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.     Ecclesiastes 9:11

The words of Ecclesiastes shares a perspective of a very wise, rich and powerful author who looks at life on earth without God, or life “under the sun.” From such a perspective – he was leaving God out of the entire picture; and everything is meaningless at best.

But if we contrast it with the Book of Ruth, then we see the other side of the coin. Ruth, a simple widow who was caring for her widowed mother-in-law, was seeking in a field to glean grain to provide for themselves. “So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech” Ruth 2:3Elimelech had been the husband of her mother-in-law, Naomi, so Boaz was a relative of hers and was generous to Ruth. As Ruth returns home with a great deal more grain than Naomi expected, “Her mother-in-law asked her, ‘Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!’ Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. ‘The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,’ she said. ‘The LORD bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.’” Ruth 2:19-20.

So you see, Naomi did not see such “divine appointments” as “chance” or “luck” but as the providence of God, as do others later on in Ruth 4:14. There are so many other examples in the bible where people are put at the right place at the right time rising from rages to riches, slave to ruler, commoner to royalty, death to life and sick to health. From Prime Minister of Egypt – Joseph to Queen Esther, from Rahab the prostitute to Rebekah the destined wife of Isaac, the encounters with Jesus from the  woman at the well to man at the pool.

As we can also observe ourselves, being faster, stronger and wiser does not automatically give us the edge and make us winners in life. It is actually being at the right place at the right time that causes us to receive favours, healings and blessings. It is God, who holds time and chance in His hands; is the only one who can put you at the right place at the right time where all the great opportunities are. He will place you at the right place at the right time, where you will meet the right people, do the right things, get the big break people talk about and even be delivered from danger.

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Therefore, the reverse will also be true from Ecclesiastes 9:11; We may not be the fastest runner or strongest warrior. We may not be very wise or very skillful. We may not even be very educated. But God in His divine will and appointments, will position us to win races and win battles. We will not go hungry and will even be wealthy and lead sucessful lives!

And why does God wany to do that?

Because He loves you…

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.   Romans 8:28-30

  1. That was a great message. We don’t have to be the fastest or the strongest to win. We only need the power of God within us to be our strength. David met the giant with the knowledge that his God was bigger than this giant. David understood that he was in the army of the living God and that nothing could ever defeat him! For that, he was a man after God’s own heart.

  2. Jonie says:

    Great post and so true!
    Thank you!
    God bless, Jonie

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