7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. – Psalm 112:7-8
Many of us walk this earth like we’re walking on eggshells, hoping to never make a false step, but feeling like we’re going to fail regardless. This same fear bleeds into our games as we play-not-to-lose rather than play-to-win. Contrary to the people described in the passage above, many of us fear and expect bad news when we step up to the plate, the free-throw line, or whatever we’re facing in life.
The topic of our identity is a battle I consistently go back to because so many of us are looking within ourselves, to others, or even our stats for security and confidence. The truth is that security and confidence come when you recognize Who’s holding you. Whenever you became a follower of Christ, you placed your life in His hands. You exchanged the world’s definition of you for God’s and your failures for Christ’s victory. Now, your whole career and life aren’t based on whether you succeed or fail in this game or the next. Rather, your life is based upon the victory won in Christ Jesus. Furthermore, by trusting in His love your fear and anxiety are replaced with security and confidence.
The reality of this world is that bad news happens. You will have a bad day, a bad game, and your circumstances might seem overwhelming. However, the difference for us as followers of Christ is that the headline for every news story, good or bad, is:
“CHRIST HAS WON THE VICTORY!”
- Reflect on what it meant when you gave your life to Christ.
- Thank God for the victory you have in Jesus.
- Ask God to secure you by His love.