Don't Be a Fair-Weather Fan

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Don’t be like Jesus’ disciples; instead, trust in God’s character and wait for Him to bring you through your difficulties.

“ ‘Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. ‘Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’ ” Job 1:9–11 (tniv)

I admit I’m a fair-weather sports fan. I’ll idly watch a game on television if my husband is watching, but I didn’t start to actually care about our local team until they started having a winning season, unlike true sports fans who’ve been avidly following this team through thick and thin, sunshine and rain.

Whether you care about sports or not, we need to take a lesson from those sports fans. Jesus does not want fair-weather fans. He wants us to stick with Him even when things get tough, even when things don’t make sense, even when we feel like we’re all alone.

How it must have hurt Him when His disciples ran away on the Mount of Olives. True, they were facing a crowd of armed men, but the feeling of being abandoned is something none of us ever likes to feel.

The most famous lesson in fair-weather fans is in the story of Job. God allowed all kinds of terrible misfortune to happen to Job, but he never cursed God. His friends and his wife were examples of various kinds of fair-weather fans, but Job was a true sports fan, in it for the long haul. He remained true to God’s nature and character. He didn’t abandon God just because God allowed something unexpected.

Are you going through trials right now? Take a page from Job’s book. He was emotionally honest with God, but he could still say, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

FAITH STEP: Don’t be like Jesus’ disciples. Instead, trust in God’s character and wait for Him to bring you through this.

Written by Camy Tang

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