Champions Play by the Rules
Cheating produces hollow victories, yet people cheat every day in some form or another. They cheat in their jobs, taking shortcuts to get desired results instead of doing their work the longer, more tedious way. People cheat on their families, robbing them of quality time for other selfish ambitions. People cheat in school, foregoing time and energy spent studying in exchange for a quick and easy answer.
If a person cheats and wins, does he really win? How satisfying is it to reach a goal that is obtained only because of cheating? What an empty accomplishment!
As believers in the middle of God's script for our lives, there are no shortcuts to the end. We cannot opt to skip life's difficulties in favor of a quick road to God's blessings.
When the prophet Samuel came to David's home and anointed him as the next king of Israel, David did not know what was ahead for him. Yet, even when King Saul pursued him in an effort to kill him, David never attempted to circumvent God's plan for his life. With a quick stroke of his sword, David could have ended Saul's life and reigned as king of Israel. But David wanted God to be the One who placed him in power.
Prayer: Lord, give me the patience to wait upon Your timing for my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride" (Ecclesiastes 7:8).