In our Alphabet of Faith series we’re up to “V” in the alphabet. Not a lot of choices here and so my choice came quickly to mind.
“V” Is for Victory
Images of victory are “feel good” images. There’s the image of the lead race car or race horse crossing the finish line. There’s the image of the sports figure holding up the trophy in triumph. There’s the image of the coach being doused with Gatorade. There’s the image of lights flashing as a TV game show contestant wins. I suppose one reason we’re drawn to such images of victory is that we feel we haven’t had very many of our own victories.
But maybe we have more victories than come easily to mind! How often through the day do countless things go reasonably well but, because of their frequency, go largely unnoticed? Little victories may not be worthy of a trophy or a Gatorade shower but they’re victories nevertheless. In my own case, so far this day, I managed to make pancakes for the grandchildren without burning them, came up with a reasonable number of insights from God’s Word for the weekend message, and had a couple of nice visits with those hospitalized.
But let’s focus on how God wants us to be victorious even when we don’t feel all that victorious. We’re often going to feel inadequate to the task before us. God’s plan for us is to face each day with Him, being dependent on Him. The psalmist affirmed to God, “I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory…” (Psalm 44:6-7)
Another word that came to mind when I was thinking of which “V” word to use was VICTIM. After I decided on VICTORY I realized that in a major way seeing one’s self as a victim is the opposite of seeing one’s self as a victor. I further realized that in this fallen world God has no intention of ever leaving us as a victim but wants us to find victory through Him and in Him and for His glory. Do we believe this? Do we believe God can do His good thing in any and every situation, even those that threaten to make us the victim of the circumstances? It takes faith, and affirming faith in God is key to gaining the victory, as states the psalmist; “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
Instead of a victim mentality we’re to hold on to faith in God that He has a plan and His purposes in whatever we’re facing. From victim to victor with God; that should be our battle cry! How about affirming with me what the Psalmist declared to God? “You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” (Psalm 18:35)