Proverbs 5:21-23 (NIV)
For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.
Proverbs 5:21 (KJV)
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
In highschool, and even still now, I was into sports. My two favorite sports to play were hockey and soccer. I was much more gifted at soccer, but nothing felt better than skating redline to redline across a sheet of ice at full speed. I believe one of the reasons why I loved hockey and soccer so much is because of how fast you can get going. Unfortunately, the more intense into the game you get, the harder it is to see past your own position, we become less aware of the whole picture. This is where our coaches, goalies, defensemen, and in football, your quarter backs come in. They can see the whole field a lot better than you can and they will communicate to you where you need to be and what to do. A sports team can only be so good without a proper coach.
My favorite movie of all time is Miracle. For those that don’t know, it is the story of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team lead by Herb Brooks. Herb took a group of college students, unordinary men and definitely the underdogs and lead them to the Olympic Champions and won the gold. The team was completely undisciplined when they started their training. Half of them hated each due to rivalries and even got into a few fights at the beginning. Through harsh training Herb Brooks turned their folly into disciplined hockey players that won the gold.
We must become disciplined as well. Engage yourself in His Word. Find someone who will push you closer to Him. We can’t see the entire picture, so we must trust the Lord. The Lord, as does a coach, sees all the options and He knows what’s best for you. He isn’t always going to give us the easy play. The easy play isn’t what’s going to advance us every time. The Lord is going to give us trick plays, plays we don’t even understand, and plays that just seem utterly impossible. He see’s the whole picture though, trust that He is putting you in the right spot at the right time in order to score the goal or make that touchdown.
Below are two clips that always leave me with goosebumps no matter how many times I watch them:
It’s something to note that during each game the USA 1980 Olympic hockey team played, they always came from behind to win. Things may not always be going in our favor, but in the end we will always conquer with Christ.