Victory is an interesting concept. It’s something we all desire in different areas of our life. We’ve all experienced it at sometime in our lives to one degree or another. Yet there is one unique thing about victory: It usually is very different than we imagined it would be.
The disciples just never really got it. They constantly expected Jesus to set up His kingdom here on earth. The victory they expected with the arrival of the long awaited Messiah didn’t look anything like they expected. They certainly had difficulty realizing that His death was to be the final victory.
Mary of Bethany, who trusted Jesus to come in her crises, was bitterly disappointed when Lazarus died. She certainly didn’t expect to see victory after his death. What she did see was an amazing miracle and victory like she never thought possible. (John 11)
The Israelites never expected victory over Goliath to happen at the hands of David the shepherd boy, but there it was. (I Samuel 17)
Most of us prayed, fasted, and cried out to the Lord about this presidential election. Some of us even dared to hope that our David would slay the Goliath we saw pressing in on our country. But that didn’t happen – or at least it didn’t happen as we had envisioned it.
Could it be that the Lord has another picture of victory that he wants us to look at?
Let me ask you this. In my last post I invited you to join me in the 77 days of prayer for president elect Obama. The last time I checked there were 44,266 people signed up to pray daily for him until he becomes president. Do you think that would be happening if he had lost?
There is even a Facebook site that has over 50,000 people praying for president elect Obama.
Most of the Christian leader’s sites that I follow have taken a “lets trust the Lord” outlook on the upcoming presidency of Mr. Obama. Looking at Proverbs 21:1 we find the source of their confidence, “The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever he will.”
Perhaps there is more victory in this election than first meets the eye.
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