Winning-Life

Sports coaches try to instill in their players a will to win, a determination to keep fighting for victory.  Still though, even the greatest human efforts sometimes fall short.  However, did you know God has a will for you to win that will never fall short?

The apostle Paul wrote, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14a, KJV).  You see, God’s will is that we win every time; He ALWAYS causes us to triumph.

Please keep in mind, this verse doesn’t say that things are always perfect or always easy.  But it does say that God always causes us to triumph.  So, even when things seem difficult, you can rest assured that you’ll have the victory in the end.

In another instance, Paul wrote, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).  We have to rest on this truth, knowing that even “bad” circumstances will somehow work together for our good.

We see this principle displayed when we read in the Bible about the life of Joseph.  Joseph grew up in Canaan as one of 12 sons.  When he was 17 years old, God revealed to him through dreams that he would be promoted to a position of authority so that even his own family would bow down to him.

However, for a long time it certainly didn’t look like those dreams would come to pass.   Joseph was rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery, taken to Egypt, framed as a criminal, and placed into prison. As a prisoner, he may not have looked like a winner, but God wasn’t finished yet!

Pharaoh, the leader of Egypt, had a disturbing dream one night and asked for someone to interpret the dream’s meaning.  His chief butler, who was a former prisoner, remembered that Joseph had correctly interpreted a dream for him when they were in prison together two years earlier.  So, they called Joseph out of prison and asked him to interpret Pharaoh’s dream.  When Joseph did so, the king was so impressed that he promoted Joseph to second in command over the whole nation of Egypt.

What a turn of events!  Just like that, Joseph went from a prison to a position of prominence.  No human could have predicted the wild series of events that led Joseph to his place of leadership, but God demonstrated His remarkable plan.  When Joseph’s dreams indeed came true, and his brothers bowed down to him, he delivered an interesting response.  He explained to them, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20, NKJV).

You see, Joseph came to understand this principle: “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the LORD’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out)” (Prov. 19:21, AMP).  No matter what circumstances come against you, God’s purpose will prevail.  Even when “bad” things happen to you, God can use them to bring you to a good place.

So, see yourself as a winner today.  Even if you don’t feel like you’re winning right now, know that His purpose for you will prevail in the end.  He causes all things to work together for good when you love Him and are called according to His purpose.  He ALWAYS causes you to triumph.  His will is for you to win!