Sometimes a Win Feels Like a Lose

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Have you ever had God tell you something but the end result didn’t look like how you imagined it would look? What He said, your interpretation and imagination of what He said, and the end result can look so different at times that it causes you to question if you ever heard Him correctly in the first place.

I was at this place not too long ago. He told me that I am a winner many times as it relates to this particular event. In my head and in my heart I was convinced that this meant that I would walk away with the grand price. Lo and behold His definition of victory clearly wasn’t my definition.

I was looking for the outward admiration but He was speaking of the inward and spiritual victory for me personally that would lead to an outward admiration for others to receive.

Truth be told…although it did not feel like a victory to me it was my presence and obedience that now made room for others who would follow me to win…

God told Abraham and Sarah that they would become a mother and father of many nations. When I read this I first think, “wow okay well they are going to be popping out A LOT of babies!” However, that isn’t what God was indicating…

Basically, what He is indicating is that the blessing that He is promising you may not fully be for you but will be for those that come after you too. Abraham and Sarah were the conduits in which God used to bring about the many nations but they surely didn’t see the many nations that was promised to them.

Their obedience is what led to God blessing their descendants that followed…

I share this because there are many of us that God will use to get the blessing going but we may never see the end result of what is promised.

You may not have been able to complete school and have the career of your dreams but maybe your children will be the one’s to complete that promise.

You may not have had the healthy marriage that you wanted but maybe your next generation of children will learn, break that curse and begin to nurture healthy relationships.

You may not have had that great relationship with your parents that you wanted but maybe you will be the one to show your own kids what it’s like to have great loving parents.

You may not be the one to take the company to the next level but maybe you will be the one to train the next President who will.

The promise may start with you but it may not end with you…and that is still a VICTORY whether it feels like it or not!

(You can ask Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks if you’d like)

See things from God’s eyes and be okay with starting and passing the baton.

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Has God had you start something but ordained somebody else to finish it?

Some people are to plant and others are to water and only God can give the increase…are you the planter or the waterer?

SCRIPTURE TO CHEW ON: 

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”

I Corinthians 3:7-9

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OTHER RELATED TEXT:

TO ABRAHAM:

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants…I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

“I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants[b] after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you…16 And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.” Genesis 17:1-2; 6-7;16

TO ISSAC:

“I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants,[a] just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.” – Genesis 26:3-5

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2 thoughts on “Sometimes a Win Feels Like a Lose

  1. “The promise may start with you but it may not end with you…and that is still a VICTORY whether it feels like it or not!” Amen! This reminds me of David having the desire to build the temple for God and God telling him that although his desire was noble it would be his son, Solomon that would build it for Him, and David still did all he could before he died to prepare Solomon for building the temple. Sometimes the dreams start with us and finish with other people and that’s okay too. In the end all that matters is that God is glorified. Great post!

    • Anna, Thank you for reminding me of that story of David!! That is a great example as well 🙂 At times it is tough accepting the fact that we aren’t the one’s to complete it but you are right we can rest in knowing that God is glorified no matter who gets it done!!

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