TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.”
Hebrews 11:32-34 ESV
FAITH CAN LEAD TO VICTORY
A little league baseball coach was talking with one of his players. The coach asked the boy, “Do you know what cooperation is? What it means to be a team?” The little boy nodded. “Good,” the coach said. “Do you understand that what really matters is that when we win, we win as a team and if we lose, we lose as a team?” The little boy nodded again. The coach continued. “So when you are at bat and a pitch is called a strike, or if you are called out at first, then you don’t argue with or cuss out the umpire. Do you understand all that?” The little boy nodded yes a third time. “Good,” said the coach. “Now, go explain all that to your mother.” Every parent wants their kid to win and has the temptation of losing perspective at times. The start of little league spring baseball is just around the corner and many of us parents need those reminders.
Hebrews 11:32-34 summarizes an endless list of victories won by our team of faith. At first glance they look like childhood fantasies. Many of us don’t see ourselves conquering kingdoms, shutting the mouths of lions or escaping the edge of a sword. Many of us don’t see ourselves as heroes. The amazing thing about the people in Hebrews 11 is that they weren’t heroes. They were all flawed humans just like us. The victories were won by faith and not because they were extraordinary people.
Someone once said, “Efforts to do by natural energy what can only be done by spiritual power can only end in disaster. Faith takes God at His Word and is victorious. Presumption denies God’s Word and is destroyed.” Hebrews 11 reminds us that from the Old Testament to the New Testament, great victories were won by faith in God’s way of doing things.
If you are part of the family of faith in Jesus Christ, you are on the ultimate winning team. We will not experience the ultimate victory here on earth but God does occasionally give us glimpses of His victorious power to encourage our faith. So it’s important for our encouragement to occasionally remember the victorious things God has done in the past. Take some time in your prayer time today to reflect on faith victories that God has allowed you to be a part of.