If anyone has played baseball or watched a game as a parent, you know the impact an umpire has on this game. One call can change the momentum or outcome of a game. Yet, in all of the games that I have attended my favorite line from disgruntled parents is “hey ump, you’re missing a good game.”
And Eli’hu the son of Bar’achel the Buzite answered: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you,” Job 32:6.
In the days of the Old Testament, a young man stood back and watched Job’s friends debate Job on why bad things happen to good people. Long into this process, Elihu can not contain himself any more. Thus, he felt the need to share his perspective. One translation of the Bible states, “here’s what you missed.”
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.
With the advancements in technology, most professional sports now use instant replay to challenge calls that don’t go their way. Unfortunately, in the game of life, many things are missed. Some are falsely accused of an act done by someone else. Others are prematurely judged when they stand up for individuals deemed politically incorrect. Yet, there will always be minds you can’t persuade. Therefore, despite whatever bad calls go against, remain steadfast and God will reward those who persevere to the end.
by Jay Mankus