God’s Word for Today: Defeated
There are so many ways in life to be defeated, it is a wonder we ever try to win. The Nebraska Cornhusker football team is doing a decent job this year of defining defeated. There are many excuses, many theories, and many avid and devout fans who will readily share the reasons for a losing season. But, when it comes down to it, the Huskers just aren’t that good. Other teams are better. Defeated has become the norm.
Deuteronomy 7:2. And when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.
Considering the recent and seemingly continual mass killings in the USA and elsewhere about the world, it is amazing we don’t simply accept being defeated. Think about it. You can no longer go to a concert (shooting in Las Vegas). You can no longer take a walk in the park (truck running over people in New York). You can’t even go to church (shooting in Texas), without being worried about becoming a victim.
Many are asking why. Others are trying to answer that question of why. Still others are placing blame. This being defeated, especially in the most sacred confines of your own church, make one wonder what has this world come to.
Is gun control the answer? Is Donald Trump the problem? Are we all such terrible sinners that this is what we deserve? Where the heck is God during all this anyway? Why do I have so much of my own pain that I don’t have time to care about the pain of others? What is going to happen next? Where does it end? Many questions with varying answers.
The plain and simple truth is, there is good and there is bad in this world. This has been true for like, ever. God is good. The other is bad. No in the middle. No debate. Honesty here.
And, even easier than that, everyone has a choice. Everyday. Sometimes that choice goes so far off the scale toward bad that other people fall victim. Right now, as the world turns, it will not change. Good versus bad. Right versus wrong. God versus the devil. Who will be defeated?
That is also your choice. The bad wants you to be defeated. He wants you to give up on the thought of God. The devil, if he can’t beat you straight on, will come at you in whatever form possible. Blaming what is good, admits defeat. Saying God must not care, is a loss. Being scared of your next move outside of your safety net, is a point against God’s team.
The Good News is, Jesus was thought to be defeated once too. For 3 days, someone had to be blamed. Did someone scream for cross control? Did others blame the leaders of their time? Even bad had a fleeting thought that it had won and God had been defeated. NOT.
Today is no different than the snake in the Garden of Eden. There will always be bad in this world. One day though, God will determine once and for all that enough is enough. Jesus will return undefeated.
For now, choose Good. Choose God. Do your part to win. Help others to choose Good. Pray for those who need to decide the difference. Only answer to what you are in charge of. God will take care of the rest…………………. Amen and amen.
And the Nebraska Huskers. As much as they have going wrong, the last 2 pictures show what they have going right. After every game, in the middle of the field, the majority gather to share their belief in what is Good. Win or lose, they readily invite the other team to join them. God is always the win…….. Amen again!!