Watching a sporting event can be like a television drama with unexpected twists and turns. As this presentation enfolds, it won’t take long to determine who is playing up to their potential and who is having a rough night. Baseball and golf events are prime examples as a hall of fame pitcher will have a night or two where it looks like there are throwing batting practice in a homerun derby. Meanwhile, David Duval, a former British Open champion started his opening round of the 2019 British Open one under par through six holes. Twelve holes and 20 over par later, a professional golfer shot 90 for 18 holes.
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity, Proverbs 24:16.
You don’t have to play a sport to experience this strange phenomena. As a former teacher, some days I was on a roll, coming up with amazing examples to highlight my lesson plan. Then, out of the blue, I went through periods where I struggled to get my point across as students looked dazed and confused. Although preparation is necessary for any type of teaching, more time spent planning doesn’t always translate into success. While there isn’t a Bible verse that contains a direct link, all I can say to explain these occurrences is that “some days you have it and some days you don’t.”
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever, Psalm 73:26.
Solomon and the Psalmist provide advice for individuals who experience failure on days where they don’t have it. King Solomon states that the righteous keep getting back up no matter how many times they fail. Meanwhile, the Psalmist points to trusting in God to help you overcome disappointment and failure. King Solomon also encourages believers to learn from mistakes so that you don’t repeat epic failures from your past. No one likes to fail, but when you do lean on the hope in relief of God’s mercy, Lamentations 3:21-23.
by Jay Mankus