Who wins?

I read a note the other day, an aside to a scripture from Judges, which stated, “But the winner is always the one who is on God’s side.”

As with many words I hear throughout the day, the wheels of my mind began to turn as I pondered the meaning of this statement. It is simple enough in theory. And when evil versus good, yes! it is even easier to see. But what happens when both parties feel they are on the side of God? What happens when both people, who oppose one another, seek God, pray to God, listen for His word, read the scriptures. Then who wins?

Can you imagine being the parents of Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, and Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Denver Broncos? How do you handle when your boys play each other, particularly when it is a big game? When Connie watched our son Daniel play for the University of Oklahoma, there wasn’t enough Sooner attire out there to satisfy her. From clip-on shoe gear to hair attachments to pocket books, Connie was his biggest cheerleader. Did the Manning boys’ mom wear half Bronco and half Giant’s attire? Change during quarters? Switch purses?

I do not pretend to know how God handles it when His children oppose one another, but I do believe His promises. Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Those promises tell me, even when the outcome does not appear to be a victory for me, it is according to God’s will for my life. Perhaps we need to learn a new lesson.  When opposing a Christian brother, we should pray for the outcome that is right for both of us. God is for you, and He is for your Christian brother or sister. While tough to understand, God has the ability to give both of you victory in His own time.

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