Symbols Of Victory

Bible Reading: Revelation 21:1-7
Author: Jos Aparecido (Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Wednesday 20 February 2019 © The Upper Room.
I have always followed stories of Olympic athletes with enthusiasm, but the stories of doping, accusations of unfair judges, and accusations of manipulated results have made me look for other examples of victory.
Today I prefer to contemplate the small but significant victories that often go unnoticed.  I am struck by the effort of a mother who awakens at dawn, uses precarious public transportation, and takes long journeys to support her children.  I admire the effort of a person who has lived with addiction for many years to start life anew.  I’m inspired by the life of a bricklayer in the hinterlands of São Paulo who had both legs amputated and was abandoned by his wife as I learn how he has resumed his profession, remarried, and finds his work in high demand.

Whether in sports or in life, I enjoy stories of overcoming challenges through dedication and courage.  Perhaps that is why the author of Revelation uses some of the symbols of victory of his day — robes, crowns, etc. — to encourage persecuted Christians to persevere and find victory through faith.  When we look to God, we can persevere and seek victory over any obstacle.

Prayer: Dear God, encourage us when we face challenges.  Help us to persevere so that we may find victory in you.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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