Wednesday, June 6, 2018
For the LORD delights in his people;
He crowns the humble with victory.
God delights to meet the faith of one who looks up to Him and says, “Lord, You know that I cannot do this—but I believe that You can!”
Amy Carmichael, Christian missionary
I grew up watching the Kansas City Royals baseball team, mostly in the old Municipal Stadium. I LOVED Sunday afternoons sitting in the left field stands where the whole family could get into the ballpark for $20.00 and hot dogs were a dollar a piece. Lou Piniella played in left field and he always played catch with us before the game started. Freddy Patek and Cookie Rojas could turn a double-play like no other shortstop and second basemen.
Baseball was a big part of our lives. My dad coached my brothers’ teams. I kept the book and my sister was the go-fer. It’s what our summers were full of.
So this story strikes (get it – sorry) a note with me…
The Lord’s Home Run
Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team.
The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate named “Love.”
Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because “Love never fails.”
The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love.
The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch.
Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked because he never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were now loaded. The Lord then turned to Freddy and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Freddy said, “He sure doesn’t look like much!”
Satan’s whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking there was no way he could lose, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen! However, Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by.
He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing to the ground; the roaring crowds went wild as the ball continued over the fence for a home run!
The Lord’s team won!
The Lord then asked Freddy if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but couldn’t win the game. Freddy answered that he didn’t know why.
The Lord explained, “If your love, faith, and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, Faith, and Wisdom will get you on base, but only My Grace can get you Home.
“For by Grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
“Love, Faith and Godly Wisdom get us on base, but will never win the game for us.
Only God’s Grace can get us home.”
(Oh yeah, just FYI, the Royals play tonight at 9:07 pm).
Make it a GREAT day!