Posted by: glorifyhim1 | April 1, 2014

Game Changers

Game Changers

Like many of you, I enjoy watching college basketball – especially near the end of season when tournament games and March Madness roll around. While all the teams I’ve cheered for have met the end of their seasons and headed home, I still enjoy watching some of the remaining games and guessing who will finally emerge as the current champion. This year I’ve been amazed at the number of close – very close – games. Often the winners were not decided until the final few seconds. In many of the games, another minute or two could have possibly rendered an entirely different outcome as the score see-sawed back and forth between two very good teams.

As I watched some of these games, I thought about what made the difference in winning and losing. Surely, it helps to have talented, gifted players who excel in different aspects of the game. Likewise, it helps to have good programs that support the coaches and players. Yet while many factors can contribute to a team’s success or failure, I have determined that one of the real game changers in any contest is the head coach. I watched some teams that persevered and overcame double-digit deficits to emerge victorious. I watched still others who pulled off miraculous wins in the final second or two of a game. When I would have written off several games as already determined, a quick time-out on the side of the court produced a team with renewed zeal, perhaps a different strategy, fired up, re-energized, and ready to overcome the seemingly inevitable loss. These are the kinds of differences a good head coach can make.

Do you realize that you and I can have a game changer in our lives, too? Sometimes, I have those days when I feel a lot like that team going to the locker room at half time with seemingly no chance to win. Everything seems to be stacked against me and I have no clear solutions to my problems. What do I do? Where do I turn? But then I am reminded that as a believer, I know the real game changer.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”

(Psalm 91:1-4)

 

The above psalm helps me remember that I am not alone. I have the Most High on my side. Alone, I am no match for the troubles, problems, and difficulties that may come my way. But in His Presence I have help and hope.

 

  • He is my refuge who I can turn to.
  • He is my fortress who will shelter and protect me.
  • He is my deliverer who will bring me safely through the plans and snares that Satan uses to trip and trap me (just like a trap set by a fowler to catch a bird).
  • He is my coverer. As I abide in my Heavenly Father, He provides a place of safety, rest, and comfort.
  • And He is my shield, ever faithful to His Word and His promises.

 

What a difference it can make when we seek God and trust every area of our lives to Him. A dedicated basketball player looks to his coach for direction and guidance. He trusts in the coach’s knowledge of the game, his understanding of the players’ skills, and his awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing team. How much more should we trust every detail of our lives to our Heavenly Father? He knows us intimately and completely. He understands every detail of our lives, our deepest needs and concerns. He is fully aware of any storms or difficulties we are enduring, as well as the sins we can’t seem to overcome. He knows every struggle and adversary that we face. But even more, He knows who He created us to be. He knows who we can become when we surrender all we are to Him.

 

Every once in a while you will see that exceptional basketball player who seems to always know just what the coach wants the team to do. It’s as if he instinctively knows which plays to run, when to change the pace of the game, or how to inspire and encourage his team mates on the floor. He, too, becomes a game changer as he puts into practice what he has learned from staying close to the coach and learning from him. But what about us? Do we stay close to God and sincerely seek to learn from Him? Do we really believe God and what He says? Do we really feel that we can trust Him with every single detail of our lives? Just think of the real life game changers we could all be if we truly believed and trusted God. I want to be that kind of game changer. How about you?

 

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