Defeat? Not Even An Option!

Today, are you on the brink of sinking into defeat? Then consider Paul’s plight:


Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.” (2 Corinthians 11:24-27)


And what was Paul’s response to life’s would be “defeats”? “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)


Defeat? Not even an option!


Abraham Lincoln ignored “defeat” on his road to becoming America’s most beloved and greatest President:


Failed in business in 1831


Defeated for Legislature in 1832


Second failure in business in 1833


Suffered nervous breakdown in 1836


Defeated for Speaker in 1838


Defeated for election in 1840


Defeated for Congress in 1848


Defeated for Senate in 1855


Defeated for Vice President in 1856


Defeated for Senate in 1858


Elected for President in 1860


Defeat? Not even an option!


Perhaps the birds have it best figured out: “Said the Robin to the Sparrow: I should really like to know why these anxious humans rush about and worry so. Said the Sparrow to the Robin, Friend, I think that it must be that they have no heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.‘” (Elizabeth Cheney)


So today, choose to rest your hand in His as He grants you victory out of the jaws of defeat. “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises againA righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” (Proverbs 24:16a; Psalm 34:19)


Defeat? Not even an option!



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