Stick the Landing
The Olympics are coming up soon and the world will be watching as men and women who have trained for months and years try to take home a gold medal for their hard work and effort.
Some of the feats of strength and grace that we see defy logic and seem to defy the law of gravity. Gymnasts contort their bodies and pour their hearts out to honor their training and honor their country.
I know decidedly little about gymnastics, but I know the landing is important. If you do it right, you’re golden. We probably all remember Kerri Strug who had fractured her ankle, still did the vault, landed perfectly on one foot, and secured the gold medal. That landing made her a legend.
That’s why it’s always sad to see an excellently and brilliantly performed routine that is marred by a missed landing.
Scripture tells us that life and death is in power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Some have taken this to mean that if we don’t watch what we say, we will crumble everything around us–seemingly even beyond God’s redemption.
I believe we do have a responsibility with our tongues, but does God really honor our denying what is happening in our lives so that we can maintain our “faith confession”? Does “fake it ’til you make it” apply to faith?
I don’t know about you, but I have seen plenty of people trying to keep positive words and Bible verses flowing out while they are riddled with fear and doubt. They want to acknowledge anything else because they are terrified, not because they are filled with faith.
The pressure builds and the time comes for the dismount, but sadly, they don’t stick the landing.
[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.
He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. –Romans 4:18-19 (Amplified)
Really read that and take it in. He considered his own impotence and old body. He also considered his wife’s barrenness, but He kept coming back to the promise. He knew the One who made it and believed Him to be more faithful than His circumstances.
That’s why I don’t understand people who refuse to acknowledge the lacks, limitations, weaknesses, disease, or anything else that’s swirling around, threatening to strike. Think about Abraham’s example and consider it all.
Go ahead. Take it all in, but don’t stay there. Move into the unshakeable conviction that God is more than able and always faithful to His word and promise. Understand that whatever you face is temporary, but His word is truth for eternity. You can count on perfect fulfillment.
Abraham and many others chose true and living faith beyond the current situation. They stuck the landing. Will you?