Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review

It’s the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and we’re down by two points. We’ve moved the ball down the field with skill and determination. Hope is soaring; the expectation of a ‘come-from-behind win’ is palpable.

It’s ‘gasp or go’ time. On fourth and long a sideline pass to the tight end is caught at the 16 yard line. In the waning seconds of the game, a quick time out and an easy field goal will hand us the victory.

But wait.

The line judge said our receiver’s foot was out of bounds as he made the catch. Our coaches and players right in front of the play disagree … obviously. But there is enough of a question in the call, that the officials stop the game to review many different camera angles of the play.

After an interminable wait, the ref steps back onto the field, activates his mic and says, “After further review both of the receiver’s feet were in bounds. First down.”

–       With mounting disappointments layered on top of each other, the verdict is rendered: life is meaningless and futile. But after further review comes the perspective we didn’t have on the field of life. “I know the plans I have for you and they’re plans for good, not disaster and they provide you with a future and hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

–       Just moving through life has left you weary beyond description. There is scarcely strength to draw the next breath. The ruling on the field: the end is near. I can’t make it another day. But after further review the ruling changes. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29)

–       Money isn’t tight … it’s non existent! The line judge’s ruling? Bankruptcy and disgrace. But after further review things change. “God will supply all your needs according to his riches.” (Philippians 4:19)

–       The diagnosis is shared: nothing medical science can do can stop the disease. The ruling? This very possibly is the end for you. But after further review another viewpoint is presented: “I am the Lord … is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) “He sent his word and healed them.” (Psalm 107:20)

This week make sure you understand this: anytime the ruling on the field portends defeat, discouragement and dismay let the One who has a far better vantage point change the conclusion you were given. For He sees from eternity past to eternity future … sees what we cannot possibly see. He can overrule any bad call!


“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those

whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

II Chronicles 16:9 New Living Translation


May you experience incredible joy on your journey!

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