I love the smell of victory!
I’m sure many of you watched “March Madness” faithfully and were disappointed when your team lost, but I imagine there was celebration when either your team won. Everyone watching those games were so anxious to root their team on to victory. Often in life, we forget to celebrate the small victories and try to celebrate only the big ones. Life itself is a victory. Each day we are blessed to enjoy the sunrise, friends, family and all the hustle and bustle it brings. I remember when our oldest son was playing baseball, the coach said to the team, “It’s a lot of fun playing the game but it is more fun when you have Victory at the end of the game.”
We sing the song “Victory in Jesus” at worship to remind us where true victory is found. I want to share the chorus with you: “Oh, victory in Jesus my Savior, for ever, He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew him, and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.” I’ve never been an athlete nor even know as enjoying victory at other games but in Jesus I am victorious not because of me but of the blood of Jesus. Victory means something has been conquered or overcome. Consider these words of the Savior and comprehend the victory we find:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”Jn. 16:33 Peace through victory can only be found in Jesus. Christians enjoy the peace of God which passes understanding and it is in this peace that victory is found. Many folks are searching for a eutopia where peace and joy are found but they are looking in the wrong place. True peace and true victory are not found in a nice resort somewhere but found in God’s word.
President Lincoln said: “If we do right I believe God will let us go on our way to ruin. But, if we do right, I believe He will lead us safely out of this wilderness adorning our arms with victory.” These words are very true and reflect a real belief in God. May we all understand that the Victory to put your trust, faith and eternal belief in is the victory of Jesus raising from the dead, on the third day, like He said. My friends, when the game of life is over, where is “your” victory. Don’t you just love the smell of victory!
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)