Victory is the Lord’s. This might spark a debate as to the effort into strategy, the determination and motivation that was employed to acquire victory. I believe that it requires our utmost dedicated service and unwavering output. That does not mean it is our doing. Just like the farmer who toils for a harvest, many variables are beyond him. Even in this day and age of greenhouses (controlled variables); God’s hand is evident in our victory. I am more convinced than ever that for anyone to win God must declare it so. Failure is seen through a magnifying glass. Rightfully so, this illuminates details that will help us win!
Then why do we loose? We are often defeated and many times run over…why why? I may never have an answer to these punchy questions but hold a strong belief that God has a good plan even when we loose. It may never be for us to understand but in the fullness of time he makes all things beautiful. The bible records of Stephen’s stoning and to many it was a great defeat. Unknown to them, the faith of many was strengthened and Stephen’s calm spirit was promoted to sainthood Glory. Our defeat experience are unique training and conditioning that carves our victory niche. Amplify your victory to God!>>>>
Many innovators of old and today, entrepreneurs, warriors and common folk have harrowed through defeat and came out stronger. Their attitude in defeat did not hinder their growth in resilience, wisdom and strength. Infact this compounded their determination. Talk of our elite athletes Keino, Tergat, Rudisha, Kemboi and many others that make Kenya proud; they had countless challenges but overcame. The stories of Einstein, Tungsten, Newton and the great physicists of old did not win straightaway either. Some had to do thousands of failing experiments to come to a great discovery. Eureka moments were the culmination of great, painful and shameful defeats. In the book Corporate Giants by Robert Darden & P.J Richardson we read of businessmen who using their faith did turn around horrendous times into glorious businesses that are world renown today. Turning bad experience to fortune has more to do with our faith than the circumstances. David of the Bible is a good example of one who knew defeat and the shame that comes with it. Even when it is a case of fixed-crime by the most powerful to the innocent; vindication is the Lord’s. Saul wanted David dead for no offense but the anointing on his head. David had chances to kill Saul and “sort” his case but he respects Saul’s life and even though no one can actually understand; he spare’s Saul’s life and chose God as his vindicator.
The funny thing is that when we loose, the hurt hangs so close to the point of suffocating faith and birthing doubts. Failure walks in magnified echo steps. I like David’s response in such times he records in Psalms 60 of the sinking feeling in his belly and pours our sincere desperation to God on their defeat. However, he is quick to turn around and reassures himself of the faithful God. When times were desperate David being human he cried but quickly chose to Praise. Recounting of the great wins that he had witnessed before and proclaiming the victory he longed to see. This is a testament that our come-back from defeat and shame is not our doing but the Lord’s.>>>>
Many defeats can be torturous but to those with faith then it builds great muscle required to be victorious. The conditioning in defeat creates warriors out of feeble hands and mighty men of valor out of common men. And since all these is never our doing really – for the breath of life in us is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof then we owe our valor also to him.>>>
In the here and now; In my defeat today or the Victory that is near; my banner of Victory will be raised for it all belongs to God.
” 3 You have shown your people desperate times;
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
to be unfurled against the bow……
12 With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies.” Psalms 60:3-4…12