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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?

18 Comments

  1. I know that I want to stick that landing and I pray that God the best spotter on the planet will help do just that! Thanks Jason….another gold medal post!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..HeartfeltMy Profile

    • That’s my goal! Sticking close to Him and growing up to His maturity seems to be the way to finish well. Thanks Jay!

  2. Will I stick the landing? Gosh, I sure hope so. Sometimes the training seems unbearable. Thanks for the reminder to keep my eye on the prize. Great analogy, Jason.
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    • Oh yeah, that training. It does seem endless at points, doesn’t it? Thanks Kat.

  3. My back aches thinking about sticking that physical kind of landing, but seeking our Father in ernest and His guidance and understanding in this life will definitely allow us to stick our landing in the palm of His hand.

    • So good, Floyd! We are not alone. He leads and He guides as we yield ourselves to Him. It’s a beautiful thing.

  4. having hope against hope against hope like Abe is difficult…but it can be done…like a stick landing!
    Arny recently posted..Happy Monday: “I just checking you ok”My Profile

    • It has been done and his testimony can be our testimony! Thanks so much, Arny.

  5. This is good stuff Jason!

    I sincerely hope my circumstances never interfere with my follow and my trust in His promises. I want to stick the landing, and I claim the promise that in Him, I can.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Ungodly Passion: The Elephant in the RoomMy Profile

    • He does indeed give us the strength we lack and it’s just incredible to be a part of it. Thanks Dusty.

  6. I plan on sticking the course for sure, the only way to know if your winning though is when there is pushbacks from the enemy. Cause when there’s pushbacks you know you on your way to victory !
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • The enemy certainly does get excited and upset when they are losing, right? We are closer than we’ve ever been before and we are living from and enforcing His victory purchased with precious blood! Thanks Andrew.

  7. It’s not as if we have any other choice. I know some are cowards, and they do try and fake it, or hide it, or stall it, but sooner or later, we will find there’s no other way around that mountain. Our faith is what lays down the mountains. But how much faith do we really have? I have a small measure of faith that will keep me on the course, no matter how rough the waters may be. But I know that somewhere down the line, I will be shaken.
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    • Faith the size as a mustard seed… That’s amazing to think about. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken so that what will remain will remain. We have the life and joy and strength we need in Him. Thanks so much, Ed.

  8. Wrote my post before I read yours, I think you put into words eloquently what I’m feeling. Not acknowledging something isn’t faith, the faith is seeing those things and knowing that there is something within us that will cause us to rise above and move forward having victory over it. I purpose in my heart to follow the Father and stick the landing.
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    • Only He can rise above and help us do the same… Those who wait on the Lord, their strength will be renewed and they will mount up with wings as eagle’s. What a great promise! Thanks Philip.

  9. I am so thankful that we serve a God who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..When we fear God we will obey Him without any conditionsMy Profile

    • That is a promise we can land on! Thanks Kevin.