If I want to win so badly then I struggle to see the good points of my opposition.
Reference: v.10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: A good loser is someone who can appreciate the skill of the person who has defeated them. If you take your challenge personally then you are always trying to find reasons why you are better and how you may have been cheated. However a good loser is someone who can take a step back from the challenge and see the greater skill of their opponent. There are times when I struggle to be a good loser. If I want to win so badly then I struggle to see the good points of my opposition. However if I can appreciate the great strength of the winner then I am able to appreciate my own strengths but also see how I can improve.
Application: When Job was totally overwhelmed with his life situation he felt that God was bringing all of this pain upon him. Even in that great sorry he was able to appreciate the majesty of God. Although he felt that it was God's power that was against him, Job mentioned to his friends how great God really was. While this could have made Job feel like his situation was helpless, it could also have helped him appreciate the great power he had behind him when he believed in God. We can never fully understand what God does but we do know that He is great and mighty and that He can do powerful things in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, even when we don't understand everything, may we acknowledge your power and worship You for your strength and might. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.