Read Ecclesiastes 9
Focus on verse 11
Why is it that I often find myself cheering for the underdog? We like movie and book plots where the hero wins the day despite being out numbered, and out gunned by the villain, yet somehow by sheer determination (and a few lucky shots) he manages to overcome the odds. It is the basic plot of nearly every recent blockbuster movie. The setting and the names of the characters change, but the story is always the same because it is the story of humanity. It is the story of redemption, and though in the movies it seems to involve luck and chance, I don’t for a moment believe that God is somehow wringing his hands and crossing his fingers in hopes that it will all come out right somehow as he watches over the affairs of humanity.
As Solomon observed life around him it did appear to him – as it does to us – that chance played a part in what happened to people, but this is only because he found it difficult to predict the outcome of things. In verse eleven of today’s reading he writes;
Again I saw that under the sun, the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, not favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. (Proverbs 9:11)
Time and chance do seem to keep us guessing as our life unfolds before us. Unexpected things happen to us. Sometimes bad things happen to what we might call good people, and there are times when openly evil people appear to be blessed. I can’t say that I understand why God allows or ordains these kinds events. I suspect that very often He simply allows us to reap the consequences of what we have sown, but there are also times when we reap the consequences of what someone else has sown, which seems unfair regardless of whether it is good or bad that we are reaping. The bottom line seems to be that we do not know the mind of God. We do not know how long we will live, or what exactly we will experience in the time we have left. We can however trust in the goodness and mercy of God to be available for us to hold on to no matter what He calls us to endure. It will not all make sense to us, and it may even seem unfair, but as we continue to hold fast to His truth and seek to walk closely with Him as we move forward, He will, in time reveal to us His purpose in the things He ordains for us to experience.
So next time you catch yourself cheering for the underdog, remember that God is a strong supporter of underdogs. All through scripture we have story after story of people who trusted God to help them beat the odds. He can do the same for you and I. Is it possible He is just waiting for us to have the faith to trust Him to do it?