Summer 2024

Assured of Ultimate Victory

618_348_michael-wacha-cardinals-starting-pitcher-players-to-watch-at-spring-training“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely and will be secure, without fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:33  

Game 2 of the 2013 National League Championship Series was a classic for baseball purists. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the L.A. Dodgers 1-0 behind 22-year-old rookie pitcher Michael Wacha.

Each batter Wacha faced represented the tying or go ahead run. The tension was thick in every inning.

In the sixth inning, trailing 1-0, the Dodgers had runners on second and third with no outs and later had the bases loaded with one out. Wacha was able to get out of the jam, striking out the next two batters. In the post-game interview, he was asked how he dealt with the pressure in those situations. He simply said, “I listened to Yadi.”

Catcher Yadier Molina is the Cardinals’ team leader. He is their best hitter and best fielder. He has nurtured several rookie pitchers this season through tough spots.

James 1:19 says “let every man be swift (ready) to hear…” As Christians, our team leader is Jesus. He endured more pain and suffering than any human in history during His arrest, trial and crucifixion. After rising from the dead, He sent His Spirit and His Word to be there for us through all the tough spots in our life.

Are you ready to listen to Him? He’s ready to help out at a moment’s notice.

He is our team leader. Put your trust in Him. Daily victories are likely; ultimate victory is assured. 

By Stanley Tucker

Stanley Tucker writes devotionals for Sports Spectrum magazine. This devotional is taken from our most recent Training Table. Log in here to access our most recent Training Table. Subscribe here to receive 12 issues a year and a daily sports-related devotional.