"Abraham believed God..."
Thoughts for Today:When I was in High School I played football. My school at the time was brand new, so for the most part we had no senior class (the upperclassmen were allowed to graduate from the previous school). You can imagine how difficult it might be to field a competitive varsity football team when it was comprised of mostly sophomores and juniors. Regardless of the obstacles, our coach convinced us we could not only compete but also win. And win we did -- compiling back to back League and CIF Championships in the first two years the school was opened. In retrospect it was pretty amazing. I remember a poem emblazoned upon our locker room wall:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
This morning as I prayed about our passage today I was reminded of my high school football experience in which a coach convinced a bunch of undersized and under skilled players that they could win. We believed our coach. If we can so easily believe in a man, why then is it difficult to believe God and His promises to us through Scripture? Isn't He the Creator of the Universe? Imagine what we could accomplish if we did!
In our passage today, Paul explains: "Abraham believed God." It's really just that simple: believe and act accordingly or don't -- it's our choice and the difference between victory and defeat.
Questions to Ponder:Over the years we've all seen many sports stories when someone (or a team) overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve victory. Jesus -- the author of our faith -- has already won the greatest battle of all time -- He defeated death itself! Do you believe in His victory or have you been beaten down by life's problems? Would you like to win in your present circumstance, but think you can't? The beginning step in any success is belief. What are you struggling with? Do you believe God's promises? What has He said?