The Agony of Defeat

The other day I entered the ebay world.  I have never caught onto the craze for ebay, but it was the only place that logoebay_x45I could find some out of print books.  Adam Clarke’s Commentaries.  I have been longing for a set of these books for several years.  It is by far my favorite commentary.  So, when I found them on ebay, I was elated. 

I waited until the day of the end of the auction, thinking I could definitely win.  Before I left Oklahoma, I made my bid and was the high bidder for quite some time.  That is until about 5 minutes before the auction ended.  When we were on the road, we called my mother-in-law to get an update on the auction.  I was confident I would win.  In fact, I believed it was the Lord’s will.  But in the last 5 minutes I lost by only a couple of dollars.

I was heartbroken to say the least.  No, I was devastated.  I felt like I had lost the Super Bowl in overtime.  I almost sank into depression.  Okay, maybe I am being a little melo-dramatic, but I was upset that I lost. 

Defeat is painful.  It is never easy to deal with life when it is wrapped up as defeat.  Failed marriages, wayward children, constant failures to sin, hurts and bruises from our past.  The agony of defeat is sometimes more than we can bear.  There is however, the thrill of winning.  The fact is that we are made more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us.  We are able to experience victory through Him.  In spite of our defeats or disappointments, God has made us victorious through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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