It was a hard-fought football game and a tough loss for the home team. Following the game a father asked his son, “Why did your team lose?”
“Well, Dad,” he answered, “the other team found a hole in our line and took advantage of it.”
“Why didn’t you close the hole?” asked the father.
“I tried, Dad,” he explained, “but I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t strong enough.”
It is much easier to blame others for our failures than to admit that we may be the cause of a problem. That is called denial. But denial only keeps the problem going and the solution beyond our reach. Once we can admit “what is,” with God’s help we can deal with everything that He brings into our lives.
If we are able to admit that we have failed at anything or something large or small, whether it occurred yesterday or today, we can begin to learn from our experiences. And from our experiences comes insight; from insight comes wisdom; from wisdom comes learning; and from learning comes the lessons that we can apply to all of the opportunities that God brings into our lives.
Paul said that “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Whatever God brings into our lives is His will. And the strength we need to face and be victorious over anything and everything that He brings to us, will come from Him and our commitment to doing it. We cannot expect His strength to subdue things that do not concern Him or are not in His will for our lives. But if we are doing what He would have us to do, the victory will come from Him.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to look to You for the strength we need to do what You would have us to do and to be willing to give You the credit for our success. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.