Why Did We Lose?

Over the years I have been blessed to watch many thrilling games that went down to the wire.  Last night, I had this blessing as I watched the Bullet East girls play the number one ranked team in softball.  The game went into extra innings and after much effort the girls went down one to zero.  It was easy to see that the girls were let down, but I was pleasantly surprised that they did not place blame and once it was over it was over.

However, for most people who lose a big game or far more important, someone who fails, there is always the question of why.  This morning I was reminded of the why as I read God’s record of Solomon’s prayer as he dedicated the house of the Lord, I Kings 8:22-61.  Here is a small exert, “When your people Israel are defeated before the enemy because they have sinned against you, and if they turn again to pray and plead with you in this house.  Then hear in Israel and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them again to the land that you gave to their fathers.”

Notice the progression of Solomon’s thought process; “When Israel looses to an enemy, one can clearly see that Israel’s loss was not be because her enemy was greater.  She would lose because God removed His blessing because of her sin.”  This struck deep into my heart as I thought about the times in my life when I have become a loser. Many times I have blamed others, circumstances, and inability as the cause of my failure.  But here Solomon reminds us that losing is a result of our sin against God.

By the way, this is not something that humanity was taught in Solomon’s day.  Since the days of Adam we have known, “Obedience leads to victory and disobedience leads to failure.”  Adam was given one assignment, “be obedient to me in everything.  Adam blew it.”  Solomon had to be obedient in one thing, “Do not turn aside from following me,” 9:4. But Solomon failed here and God’s people paid the price.

As one reads this, his or her mind could possibly reason, “If these people could not win, then how can I win?”  The answer is, “As we walk in Christ we are guaranteed the victory.”  So here is the takeaway for the weekend:

1) If you are losing, ask yourself, “In what area have I failed to obey God.”

2) If you are losing, repent of what you have failed to obey in.

3)  Ask God to once again restore His hand of favor to you.

4) Praise Him for His favor.

5) Daily strive to walk in obedience simply because you love Him.

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