2019-09-21 - Spiritual Drought
Recently, a baseball manager reached a milestone by winning his 2,000th game. This achievement placed him in the company of elite managers and it assured him of entry into the hall of fame. Yet despite a high number of wins, this coach has lost more games than he has won.
A baseball player is considered to be an elite hitter if he achieves a batting average of .300. Yet when you look at the statistic, this means that the star player makes an out seven times out of ten. He fails to get a hit most of the time.
Does it seem like we sometimes fail In our efforts to please God and to serve our fellow men? Do we keep falling short of our goals?
Consider Moses and his interactions with the Egyptian Pharaoh. God sent Moses to tell the Pharaoh to let the Hebrew people go free. Moses repeatedly met with the Pharaoh without success. Moses kept striking out. He must have felt discouraged. But we know. that the Pharaoh eventually freed Moses’ people.
The apostle Paul offers us some encouragement in Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) when he says, “But this one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
No matter how we have failed in the past, we still are looking ahead towards Christ. Jesus came to earth to save us from our failures, or sins. We are freed from our past mistakes, to serve God and others. We will still fall short and make mistakes, but we know that we are following God’s calling to follow Him.