The Secret Weapon


God’s power and strength are available to help us turn a setback into a comeback.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Years ago, Baylor University had a great football team. They stormed through the old Southwest Conference that year. But late in the season, they were discouraged by a shocking loss to an unranked team. And their hopes were further threatened, because a good Arkansas team was next.

Then Baylor’s head coach pulled out a secret weapon. He invited a former team member, one who had been paralyzed in a freak football accident earlier in the season, to speak to the discouraged players. He sat in a wheelchair before them as they gathered in the locker room before the game. He thanked his teammates for their prayers and support. Then, referring to their loss the week before, he said, “Guys, you've got to turn a setback into a comeback.” With that bold declaration, he slowly rose from the wheelchair and took a step forward, to the shock and amazement of his teammates. They began to cheer and cry, and then they ran out on the field and whipped the tar out of Arkansas.

What setbacks have you faced? What are you facing today? God’s power and strength are available to help us all turn a setback into a comeback. After all, the ultimate “setback” of the cross was followed by the ultimate “comeback” of the resurrection.

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