I have observed
something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the
race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle.The wise
sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And
those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all
decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.
So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.