The Winner’s Circle.

I’m reading a book called, “The 100 Most Encouraging Verses in the Bible,” by Troy Schmidt. I like what he said here:

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”    Romans 8:31

If God is for you, on your side, cheering you on, what opponent could possibly overcome Him? We want life to be like a blowout in sports. A blowout occurs when one team scores in the opening seconds and continues to pound the opponents with more points, blocking the opponents from ever scoring. 48–0. 76–0. 102–0. 

Life isn’t like that. We face forces that push back and get ahead at times. We’ll score big in a relationship, then lose a job. Or we’ll ace our exam, only to have our car stolen. We’ll see a prayer answered, then get bad news from the doctor. 

During those times we think God has lost His edge, that the enemy found His weakness and we’re doomed to lose. As long as we live on earth, the score will go up and down.

All God promises is that at the final buzzer, all those who believe in Him will win. It might seem like a close game, but it’s not. No matter how difficult life may have been, a believer in Christ will stand in the winner’s circle with Jesus, holding His hand high. You will win because God is eternally for you.

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Recently, my mother had a bad day and I shared that with my sister. She called and asked why this happened after so many good days. All I could think of to say was, “Because this is life. This is what is happening all over the world to everyone.”

I think all North Americans  (including me) expect or want life to be on an even keel – all the time. I’m not sure where we all get this crazy idea. Certainly not from life itself! From books? Movies? TV? Maybe, I don’t know. “Happily ever after.”  I actually believed that.  It didn’t prepare me for real life.

Real life is days of happiness, days of sadness with a little terror thrown in once in awhile just to keep us on our toes. I like the words from a song called, “Lord You are Good,” by Don Moen,

“Where would I be if you had not been by my side? 

How could I rise to meet the morning of the day?

Your tender mercy always calling from behind.

At times I could not see you,

even though you were close by.”  

 

5 thoughts on “The Winner’s Circle.

  1. Yes we need to trust and have faith in God. He has his own ways of working, which we are not aware. Why one thing goes wrong is for another to come right which is better for us in the long run. Some lose faith and think God has abandoned them. Not so. God is always there and his divine plan and blessings are always with us. Thank you for sharing your views and knowledge with us. I am not always here as some articles are too much for me as I am not a Christian and do not know the Bible. But thank you for coming to my blog and appreciating and liking what I write. God Bless 🙂 ❤

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  2. Great post. It is important to remember that bad things allow us to grow and mature in our faith. I think some people confuse belief in Jesus with faith. When I say faith, I mean your understanding of what God is doing within you. The more we understand that, the stronger our faith.

    Bad things can either weaken your faith, to the point you no longer believe in God, or it can strengthen it and allowing you to mature. I’m glad that through your struggles with this situation involving your mother that you are able to see it as normal and not God punishing you. We live and die because of Adam and Eve, those two will always be infamous for introducing sin and death into the world.

    I think you’ve probably grown in ways you haven’t thought of yet because of this situation. I’m glad you have been reading so many great Bible-based books. I’m sorry for the difficulty with your mother, but you are doing a great job handling it. You are clearly very strong and I hope God continues to bless you in other ways as you deal with these struggles.

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    1. You are right, troubles help us to grow in faith. I used to let sad or hard problems weaken my faith. But, I do now understand why these things happen. Thanks. I pray every day for God to help me care for my mother. I’m so glad he is here beside me.

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  3. A great reminder that life is not always easy. We are told that God works all things for the good of those who love Him. And we are to give thanks in all things. Even the hard times work for God’s purpose in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

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