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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

“When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” — Psalms 37:24 (NASV)

Fallen But Not Shaken

In 2008, the Green Bay Packers began a new era when Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre as their starting quarterback. I’m sure there were some jittery moments when Rodgers first took over for the Packers. It sort of reminds me of learning to ride a bike.

Can you remember that time? I’ll never forget. One Christmas morning when I was a child, my two brothers, sister and I were all given bikes. I was the only one who couldn’t ride, but I was determined to learn that day!

I could see my brothers and sister riding all around me having such a great time, and I wanted to ride too. Over and over I tried, but for some reason I couldn’t get the hang of it. I guess my dad must have seen me from the window of the house and how frustrated I was getting, so he came to my rescue. He helped me get my balance and then pushed the bike and told me to pedal. I fell a few more times, but after a while I got the hang of it thanks to Dad.

Psalm 37:24 tells us about God holding our hand. We are all going to fall many times in life, but because we belong to Him, He will pick us up and help us get back on track.

For Rodgers, it was a coach guiding him along the way. No matter how many mistakes he made, the Packers’ commitment to Rodgers was solid because they wanted him to be successful. For me, it was my dad helping me ride a bike. No matter how many times I fell, he helped me back up.

God is the same way with us. No matter how many times we fall, He helps us back up, and He loves to see us ride.

Barry Owen

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