A Win!

Day 248

Prayer for the day

My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; though I cannot know the number of them.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 148-150, 1 Corinthians 15:29-58

The victory of God in Jesus Christ is a beautiful theme running throughout the whole of the Second Testament. Though Jesus is never explicitly mentioned in the First Testament, the theme runs through that book as well. “God wins” is declared from the beginning to the end, though most of us run through seasons of doubt, wondering if God will indeed win, or if this has been an elaborate ruse.

Part of the reason we don’t believe God will win is because we don’t see it enough right now. We see evil winning. All the time. We see the people who hate and the people who kill winning the war over the people who love and the people who would preserve peace.

The Psalmist has lamented this many times, but when it comes time to end the Psalter, he does not pen one last cry for help or even one last groan at the injustice of it all. Rather, the Psalter ends with glory given to the God who has won, who is winning, and who will win. The Psalter ends on the same note as Corinthians 15: God wins.

Paul uses more words, and far more argument, to claim the same thing, but at the end, for Paul, the victory belongs to God, and is given to the faithful who follow him, through Jesus Christ. God wins over death, God wins over sin, God wins over the way the world thinks everything should or will end. In the end, says Paul, through Jesus, God wins.

As the followers of Jesus, it is comforting to know that our present struggles, the things that keep us down, our fear of death or abandonment, will not follow us. Even in these hard times, even amidst the pain and sorrow, God wins.


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