We Never Know the Time

Reading the Word

Ecclesiastes 9:11–12 (ESV)

11 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, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Life goes by quickly and we never know when it will end. We may think we have many years ahead, but that can change in the blink of the eye. It does not matter how smart one is, how fit, how strong, how wealthy, or anything else. Death can, and often does, come unexpectedly.

We must live our lives today. We cannot assume we have tomorrow because we may not. This means we need to love our families and friends today. If we have unresolved conflict, we should take care of it now. And we need to prepare today to stand before our Creator, who will judge each and every person. Live today as if it could be your last. One day it will be.


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