Barracking For The Wrong Team

She couldn’t believe I would go against my home town.

Joel 3:1-21

Reference: “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”” ‭‭Joel‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I was recently at a basketball game between my home city, Melbourne, and Cairns. While I have been to Cairns once before it is a long way from home and everyone in the crowd was going for Melbourne.

Melbourne dominated the first half and it was easy to cheer for all the great plays on the court. But part of me felt sorry for the Cairns players. They had some great skills but the crowd was against them.

So I started to cheer them on. My friend was horrified! She couldn’t believe I would go against my home town.

To be honest, I don’t think anyone on the court could hear me or cared for my opinion, but I couldn’t help supporting the underdog.

Application: That feeling of compassion and empathy comes from God. I’m not saying He was too concerned with a local basketball team, but He instils these feelings and emotions in us because that is how He feels too.

Over and over in the Bible we read of stories where God comes through for the underdog. Whether they deserve it or not, God shows His people love and compassion.

It’s interesting that often those who follow God are in vulnerable positions, but it allows us to see how evident God is when He shows up.

Life can be difficult for us today too, but God loves us, cares for us and shows compassion towards us.

Prayer: Lord, You are the one who allows the weakling to proclaim “I am strong”. May we stand with Your power to conquer the challenges before us. Amen.

Where do you feel weak?

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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.