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Ed Young Devotionals

    The Opposition

    Posted on May 10, 2022 12:00:00 AM


    James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”


    We’ve all heard stories of athletes experiencing injuries — resulting in a few missed games, a missed season, or even the end of a career. Any athlete in this situation has a choice to make: will they throw in the towel or put in the work to try and make a comeback?

    After the Israelites were freed from Egypt and on the brink of the Promised Land, they had to make a similar choice. Would they let their difficulties define them, or would they overcome their opposition? The Israelites fumbled the ball and spent the next 40 years going in circles. In the same way, when we allow our focus to be on our problems and not God’s promises, it’s easy for us to forget what winning looks like. God is coaching us to be winners! He is redirecting us toward the end zone of eternity, reminding us that this game is fixed and that our problems will produce perseverance, if we let them!


    Commit to memorizing today’s verse! The Bible is full of verses, like this one, that will help you focus on God’s promises instead of your problems. Write it down, or text it to yourself, and then set an alarm on your phone as a reminder throughout the day to read it. 


    Lord, thank You for fixing the game in my favor! I don’t have to wander through life worried about the outcome because I know you’ve already won the victory. Coach me and draw me closer to You through any difficulties I face today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Topics: perseverance