Win or Lose

Winning or losing, that seems to be life’s story. In everything we seem to win or lose. We win a job interview. We lose a job interview. We win a fight against cancer. We lose a fight against cancer. We win an easy repair on our vehicles. We lose an easy repair on our vehicles. We win an argument. We lose an argument. We win a bill through the senate. We lose a bill through the senate. We win a war. We lose a war. We win a conversion to Christ. We lose a conversion to Christ. We win a search for our lost purses or wallets. We lose a search for our lost purses or wallets.

In all these facets of life the pendulum can swing to the winning side or the losing side, but with God the pendulum only swings one way. God wins every time. God never loses. If we war against Him we are sure to lose. God will win every time. Man will lose every time. The 76th Psalm in Scripture reminds us of the many battles God won in Zion, that once holy land called Judah. No battle is specifically listed, but one might call to mind the many wars Judah fought against Philistine, or the Syrians, the Assyrians, etc.. I think about King Asa of Judah with his half-million men up against Zerah the Ethiopian with his million men, a 2:1 ratio. Asa cried out and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power… O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!” There Asa saw the great victory of God.

God is like an aluminum can crusher, and man is like the aluminum can. Man is often unwilling to bend like that can. Man is “stouthearted,” like the Psalmist says in his song. Man is determined, but God is stronger. Slowly but surely the can will crush before God. The can will bend and shrink until finally it is as flat as a sheet of paper. I have wondered what the Psalmist meant when He said, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise You.” It appears that even when man is in his state of fury and rage, he must bow before God and worship Him. There is simply nothing man can do to win against God. Man will either win with God or lose against Him. Man cannot win against God, nevertheless, more desirable is the notion then that one cannot lose with God. What an incredible thought! To never lose with God is a notion that far-surpasses any desire to be against Him.

The Psalmist says, “Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him, who ought to be feared.” God will receive man. After all, God is man’s Creator. Is that not His desire, that we be with Him, and never be against Him? May we then forevermore pray, “O’ God, You are our God. We love You Father dearest with a love that extends to the ends of the universe. Let us be with You from everlasting to everlasting. May we stand at Your side in the day of victory.”

Which side will you choose today?


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