Monday, January 9, 2017

Not A Fan

 I was watching the Lions-Seahawks game the other day and I must confess a certain sadness in watching the Lions lose.  Not because I wanted them to win necessarily. It's just that the Lions ALWAYS seem to lose. The looks of the players on the sidelines exemplified depression and loss.
If you think about it, only one team in the NFL can truly feel satisfied with their season if every other team loses. If a Superbowl win is a team's mark of success, 97% of NFL fans experience loss and should be dissatisfied with their team's season.
Look at politics. It's the same thing there. We just had a presidential election in our country and half of the population didn't like the results. That happens every four years but this year was different. The losing team really did not like losing and they are letting everyone know about it. There were scandals. There were lies. There was sexual innuendo. Yet most people felt their candidates did no wrong.
There is no contentment in being a fan . . . a fanatic . . . just disappointment sprinkled with an occasional victory that doesn't last. Isn't there something or someone we can find hope in that doesn't disappoint!?!
Well . . . 
There once was a man who placed his faith in God at a very young age and, although this man made some mistakes and sinned against the very God he had placed his faith in, God forgave him. God could have disappointed him but He didn't. This was the man's response when he prayed to the God he was devoted to. Does he sound like a disappointed fan? Or a devoted follower?
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;The heights of the hills are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." - Psalm 95:1-7
May we all be devoted followers, not fans. Through highs and lows, let us praise Him, for ALL His ways are good. And should we EVER find ourselves disappointed in God, let us examine ourselves thoroughly because if we are disappointed in Him, we don't really know Him.
Facing The Giants - What Are You Living For?

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