What will it be?
So often, we live life as victims instead of victorious. However, we must triumph over tragedy.
So many stories from the Bible illustrate this concept and are worth the time to look up even if you have heard or read them before. Some examples are David when he lost his son, Joseph when his brothers sold him into slavery, Naomi when she lost everything including home, country, and family, Jeremiah, Paul, and Moses all had tragedies too. The list can go on and on. But, of course, we can’t forget Job who had to triumph over tragedy after tragedy.
The story that first came to my mind, though, is when Joshua and Caleb along with ten other spies went to check out the promised land. These two were the only ones to come back with a good report. In the face of all of Israel and in the minority of their fellow spies, they still talked victoriously about how the promised land was there for their taking. I just love that. Don’t you?
The promised land is there for our taking too and that is living a victorious life this side of heaven.
Genesis 50.20 says: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Joseph’s brothers intent for evil should remind us that God has a plan for saving lives. I would say that is turning tragedy into triumph. We, too, should think about saving the lives around us. Helping others become victors and triumph over whatever tragedy they may face including the sin that can separate us all from our Savior. Help them find their way to the promiseland and make a victorious step towards eternity.
So ask yourself daily (moment by moment if need be) triumph or tragedy – what will it be?
Choose to be a victor not a victim.
Choose to be above not below.
Choose to be the head not the tail.
Choose to be a winner and charge forward with that.
Make 2019 a year to be victorious!
Let us be used to change a generation.
That is how we can…
“… we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.”
Romans 8:37b HCSB
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