Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” Amos 3:3 NLT

Are You In Agreement?

The success of the NFL’s New England Patriots over the past two decades has created a buzz over who is the more influential agent of their success, head coach Bill Belichick or quarterback Tom Brady. There can be no doubt that each have brought extraordinary talent, intellect and hard work to the overall achievements of the franchise. But one thing is certain: The accomplishments obtained, the championships won and the rings received would not have been possible if Coach Belichick and Brady did not agree on the direction of the team and where they were going. 

Christian friend, in what direction is your life going? Are you in agreement with God? In all that you do and plan to do, in all your goals, is God included in your plans? By being included in your plans I mean to be a partner — He’s the senior partner and you’re the junior partner. Are you in agreement with God?

The prophet Jeremiah writes that the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). The Lord indeed has a successful plan for each of us, successful as He determines it to be. 

How will you know God’s plan? First, it starts by knowing His Son, Jesus Christ, and then reading and being obedient to His Word, seeking Him in prayer, listening and being patient, very patient. And while you are waiting, continue what you are doing right where you are, right where God has placed you. Perhaps that is His plan for you, wherever that may be. 

We may not like the game plan that our coach (God) has drawn up, concluding we have a better plan. “I would rather do this, I like this better, I want to do it my way and I can make more money another way.” But God wants us to trust Him and follow through with the ability and gifts He has given us to successfully achieve the goals He has set before us, goals that bring Him glory and lead others to His Son, Jesus Christ. 

As the New England Patriots have suffered losses on occasion due to various situations, we too suffer defeat from time to time as we deviate from our coach’s game plan. But we never need to worry about the outcome of the game if we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ.

Are you in agreement with God?

Loring Schultz  

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