“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 MKJV).
I received revelation on the word “chance” in this version.
Another version is pretty much on the money:
“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the mighty; nor even bread to the wise; nor even riches to the men of discernment; nor even favor to knowing men. For time and occurrence happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 LITV).
What that verse is saying is that nothing happens by our power; God does it all, “chance” meaning “fate” or “all things are determined from above.” Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and hare race are an example, but not a good one. That story illustrates that the race can be won by the slow on occasion, that speed is not the only determining factor. What Ecclesiastes says is that whatever happens is out of our hands, though we go through the motions.
Fatalism? No; that is an attitude, though definitions don’t always describe it that way. I speak of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the way things are. But to the definition one source gives the word, I say, “Yes.”
“1. A submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
2. A philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them”
– July 27, 2010
From: Alexander To: The Path of Truth Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:51 PM Subject: How to tell if Jesus restores you Paul and Victor, My name is Alex. I just turned 25 last week. I live in Chicago. Growing up I went to a large non-denominational church in the suburbs. Big light show, positive message, preaching "basic salvation" of accept Jesus into your heart. You probably know the type. Anyways I went to this church growing up, got baptized at 10 (mostly to be able to eat the crackers with the adults in service) and went to church camp and some short mission trips in Jr. High and High School. Didn't have much in the way of a relationship with God or Jesus. The Holy Spirit was an abstract concept to me, and not a real person. I believed in the sense that I really didn't have a good reason not to, because everyone around me, my family and friends and church community believed. So I didn't have srong convictions about it. Didn't really pray or read the bible. Pretty much jumped into trouble as soon as I could in high school by drinking and smoking and chasing girls, and was mean to my sisters and my parents since puberty and a jerk to a lot of my peer group - basically I never really ever tried to obey Jesus's commands. But I had enough of a fear of Hell not to totally blaspheme. As I got later into high school, ages 16-17, I was starting to doubt the whole thing. Stuck somewhere between not really willing to believe it with my whole heart and soul but no...
From: Madeline To: Paul Cohen, Ronnie Tanner, Victor Hafichuk, Cassidy, and Marilyn Hafichuk Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00 AM Subject: I'm sorry I don't really know how to start this letter, I miss my family. I'm here in Texas and I'm miserable. I want to come home more than anything in the world. As soon as I landed here and saw my earthly family waiting for me I wanted to turn around and run away as fast as I can. Nothing has changed here, everyone is just as fake as they were before. I made the worst mistake leaving. I thought I wanted what I wanted and that you all were wrong, but now I'm here and I have this freedom to do whatever and I want nothing more than the Lords law and correction. I feel like a phantom here, it makes me sick to see the way everyone is living in sin and lawlessness. I will do anything it takes to go back home to Helena. I've been an ungrateful fool, taking everything personally, letting my hormones and emotions rule my life, and not listening to the wisdom that the Lord has been graciously giving me. This is hell being here. Looking back on everything I see that the Lord just wanted me to give up myself, which is a piece of crap anyways, so that he could give me the true treasure. Since being here Silas is completely ignoring me, and I'm not kidding he doesn't even acknowledge that I'm here. Paul and Ronnie, I am so sorry for the way I disregarded everything you did for me. Cassidy, I've been a truly terrible and unsubmissive wife. Vict...