Victory Belongs to the Lord. ~ Proverbs 21:31
得 胜 乃 在 乎 耶 和 华 . ~ 箴 言 21:31
In today’s picture, we see a football player kneeling beside a bench and praying. Maybe he is praying for God to help his team win, which is what “victory” means.
Look at what he is wearing. He has big shoulder pads under his jersey, and a helmet to put on his head to keep him safe. He also has round muscles in his arms, so he has probably spent a lot of time training to become strong and fast. All of these things will help him play well and keep him safe. He is in a good position to help his team win their game.
But he is still praying to God for help. Our verse today says that victory, or winning, belongs to God. That means that no matter what we do, God is the one who decides who wins or loses.
Most of us aren’t football players hoping to win football games. We more often need to win over problems in our lives. Maybe we are having a disagreement with someone. Or someone is hurting us. Or we have to do something that is difficult. Just like the football player in the picture, we should prepare ourselves to do what we need to do. But we should also pray. Because it is God that will make us win.
Our Father, there are difficult things going on in our lives. We need to solve problems and make peace with people and do things we don’t like to do. Help us remember to ask you for help and to trust you. Please give us victory over these things. Amen.