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. 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. — Ecclesiastes 9:11-12
Most of the time, we ourselves think that our failures are due to our shortcomings. Same thing with our successes, it’s easy for us to think that it’s only because of our hard work. But these successes or failures may be God’s timing for all of us. Anything can happen to everyone given the same circumstances.
Let’s just say there are two business men who have the same skills, same network of people, same resources, and same faith in God. Both study their industry to add to their knowledge and both pray earnestly for the success of their businesses. But then only one succeeds while the other fails. Now, who or what to blame? Nobody and nothing! Success and failure can happen to anyone!
Hard work and ingenuity are both important things to succeed. It actually prepares us when the right time comes. It opens doors for us and it make us ready to immediately grab the opportunity when it comes. But when we fail, it doesn’t make us less deserving. Even if we succeed, it doesn’t make us more deserving than others.
“If our response to success is solely self-congratulation, we are practicing idolatry. If our response is thankfulness, then we are worshipping God. If our reaction to failure is despair, then we are feeling the hollowness of a broken idol. But if our reaction is perseverance, then we are experiencing the gracious power of God.” – Theology Of Work Project
Reference: Working Through Failure