Watching soccer games Saturday I noticed that some of the little kiddos fell a lot. The early morning damp grass made for a slick playing surface. Too, when lots of little legs want to kick the same ball, someone was bound to get tangled and trip. The kicking would even waylay some player. Sometimes injury would occur and though minor, tears would be shed and someone would come carry the injured participant off the field. But no matter what happened, eventually the hurt player would be fine and play again. No matter how many times one of the players fell down, and he fell a lot, he would always get back up.
God knows our playing field. The life each one of us is participating in can really throw us for a loop. We fall down, sometimes a lot. We get tangled up in the rough times and all we want to do is quit. We get kicked and run over by whatever comes our way. We’re down for the count in humiliation, anger, and fear. We’re angry and ready to give it all up. Once we’re down we often just want to lay there.
Oh beloved, it’s time to get up again! It’s time to rise above the game of life and awaken the inner victor you are destined to be. Life may be rough, but in Christ you are tougher. You are a champion of the faith. There is a whole band of witnesses on the sidelines and they are holding up banners of faith for you to remember from the Word of God. You are strong, but not of your flesh. You’re a winner but not because you are competitive. There’s no need to be strongest, meanest or pushiest. You are, by birthright, a strong and valiant player on the field of life. You are destined to win. Keep getting up, keep rising from the ashes of trials and troubles. Keep moving forward and stay on God’s team. God knows how hard it’s been, but Christ went to the cross so that even when your flesh is weak, God’s Spirit within you is stronger still. Life can be oh so hard, but you are triumphant even when you feel you can’t run another step or move another mountain of adversity, sorrow or pain.
God loves you and He’s for you. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Christ is in you, God is with you and the Holy Spirit is strengthening you for the tasks at hand. You can play fair, be kind and generous and forgiving to those who kick you and throw you down. You can be firm with the enemy when he tries to convince you that you’re done for, worn out or useless. You don’t have to run from trouble or cower in fear at the seemingly insurmountable situation. Keep going, keep playing on God’s team and watch as He gives you more wisdom and power for anything that comes your way.
I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Samuel 17:48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
I John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
Romans 8:37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.