As we were kicking the soccer ball in the back yard of our daughter’s home, my littlest grandson was surprised I could kick as well as I did. Finally, in exasperation, he said, “No grownups can kick the ball!” Suddenly there was a new rule. He changed his mind. How often do we remember as kids someone changing the rules right in the middle of the game. The rest of us would say, “That’s not a rule!” It’s hard to win and lose. But someone has to. Even though my grandson wasn’t losing (we know grandmas make sure the grandkids win) he wanted the tables in his favor.
Rules get broken and changed when we want things to go our way, or we want to do something that a rule says no to. As grownups we often find ourselves in spiritual tight spots instead of playground dilemmas. We want forgiveness, but we find it hard to forgive. We want blessings, but we wonder if another deserves the blessings they get. We want to play by our own set of rules. Pseudo rules instead of God’s ways. The wonderful thing about the Lord is He gives us an even playing field and He gives us good guidelines so that we can all be blessed and live fruitful lives. Comparison is the thief of our joy and our fair playing. Once we get our eyes on another player, we might find ourselves comparing. Then we holler, “Rule change!”
Oh beloved, life is full of quandaries. God knows that you are faced with dilemmas even now. You want to do the right thing, but you are not sure of the outcome. If you play by God’s instructions, loving, forgiving and extending mercy, someone might seem to get the upper hand. God is much more concerned about your heart condition rather than if you win or lose. He sees what you’re facing. He hurts when you hurt. He knows the other party didn’t play fair. They dropped the rule book, they quit being a team player, they dropped the ball. But God has a bigger plan for you than simply the game of life. His plans are that you become more like Him right in the middle of the quandary. The playing field of life is the valley of decision and God has mapped out the right decisions for you to make. Listen to His still small voice. Open His play book and see what He says. Pray, converse with God about it. Let Him speak His truth into your life. Why? So that when you are past the trouble, when you’ve gotten through this, you will be stronger in the Lord, more confident in His answers and His blessings will overtake you in ways you could never imagine.
God loves you and He’s for you. That’s your most important play in life. Measure the distance, go for the goal and keep your eyes on Jesus. It’s a win win situation because He is always working things out for your good and His glory!
Philippians 3:14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Psalm 119:45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Proverbs 16:20 He who gives attention to the Word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. NIV