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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Friday, August 24, 2018

“Around the throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones I saw 24 elders sitting, clothed in white robes, and they had crowns of gold on their heads.” — Revelation 4:4

Divine Proximity

One of the goals of the powers that be in the NFL is to achieve parity in the league, which is a good thing. Who wants to see the same two teams in the Super Bowl every year?

So, the Super Bowl winner this year will get the last pick in next year’s draft, and the team with the worst record this year will get the first pick in next year’s draft. Of course, there is allowance for teams to make trades involving players and draft picks, so there is room to “work the system” to maintain parity and stay competitive.

God believes in parity, but from a different perspective. Charles Spurgeon says the above verse implies that the 24 elders (representing believers from any place on the globe) are equally near to the throne. What a cool perspective! Acts 10:34 also says that “God is no respecter of persons.” He doesn’t regard any believer as better than another.

You don’t have to “work the system” or “compete” to get close to God, either. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek … male or female … slave nor free … you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Ken Ham puts it this way: “There is only one race … the human race.” Your accent; your athletic, economic or political status; your gender or skin color — none of that matters to Him.

This is what matters: If you belong to Jesus, He is near to you.

Stanley Tucker

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