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Victory Through Perseverance In Christ


Billy Ray Parrish

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
—Romans 12:12

Although the World Series is over, Game 3 was a historic game and one to be remembered for a long time. It took more than seven hours, 18 innings, and 18 pitchers but game three of the 2018 World Series was finally claimed by the Dodgers. No, this is not a sports article but one that uses a moment in sports history to show just how God works. Obviously, as we all know, God works in mysterious ways and what may seem impossible to man is possible to God (Luke 18:27). Just because the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the highest payrolls in all of baseball and expected to win does not mean that there is not a David on their teams and for Max Muncy, he is the ultimate David story as he nearly found himself in another profession.

He began the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City but finally found himself on the big league roster in April and finished the season strong by leading the entire National League with 35 home runs. In game 3 of the World Series, he scored the game-tying run in extra innings only after going to second base on a smart base running move after a pop out to the third baseman which would prove vital as it allowed him to eventually hit his walk-off home run. Muncy is not the biggest player nor is he the best for the Dodgers and he is not the best-known player anywhere he goes but, just like David, he came up big when the opportunity was presented to him and when asked about it, he did not make the moment about himself.

Maybe God does not care about sports but what he does care about is our faith. In our walk, there will be many moments when we have to simply have faith in what God is doing even if we cannot see what is happening. We are told to simply trust in God and lean not on what we can understand (Proverbs 3:5-6). While we trust, we must do our part and not give up. If we give up, we will not be able to see all the miracle of our Lord but if we hold on, we are told that through our faith and perseverance, we will be victorious (Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 2:14).

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”
—2 Thessalonians 3:13

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