27th August 2012

Musical Chairs

“That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9. (MKJV)

Did you used to play musical chairs when you were young? I’m not sure if children still play that game. There would be chairs in a circle for the children to sit on but while the music played the children would walk or run around them. While the music played an adult would remove a chair and when the music stopped the children sat down ~ except one! That one was out of the game and the same scenario was repeated until only one child was left. Not much fun when you were left out of the game but a relief to all still sitting.

It had me thinking ~ isn’t life like musical chairs? Each chair has a label, maybe working, injured, marrying, poor, holidaying, persecuted, or… Well, the list could go on and on as you can find out if you read Ecclesiastes 3:2-8. We don’t know which label(s) are on the seat we’ll sit on. We don’t even know if there will be a chair for us to sit on! Having no chair means we’re out of the game. Some, like my Dad, die ‘early’, others, like my Great Nan, are there for a long time, getting to sit on numerous chairs.

Solomon reminds us, “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). So whatever life throws at us, it is no different to what others receive. Solomon also said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). The difference between people is how they live life now while looking to the future.

While we do our cheerful best, may we be grateful that we have a chair for now ~ whichever one it is.

Dear Father, thank you for the chair we have today. We know that tomorrow we may have to sit on another less comfortable one, but please give us the grace and strength we need to sit on today’s chair in a godly fashion and to your glory. Thank you, in Jesus’ Name.

Study by Ruth Edwards

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