What Are You Wrestling Against?
Gen. 2:16-17 - The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." NASU
Now what is so hard about those do's and don'ts?
Wrestling coaches are like God in that they tell their wrestlers what to do, and what not to do. All coaches will emphasize do's and don'ts -"Do get proper sleep and nutrition, Do attend all of your classes, Don't let your weight get out of control, and Don't miss practices."
Coaches also are at mat-side giving instructions when their wrestlers are in the battle. Your coach wants the best for you exactly like God wanted the best for Adam and Eve.
So why did he try it?
I believe in the heat of the battle you will resort back to old habits when you become impatient or desperate. Even if you know this move will not work you will try it.
I was watching a match once where one wrestler was known for his ability to ride his opponent. What would the other wrestler do when it was his choice?
Would he take bottom or neutral?
He took neutral. He was better in the neutral position and that was his strength. He went with his strength. He stayed away from the other wrestler's strength. Now wasn't the time to be macho, now was the time to win a championship.
There was no doubt in my mind the wrestler listened to his coach and won the match.
There are some wrestlers today who are going over in their minds, what if. What if I would have done this or what if I would have listened to my coach?
You can't change the outcome of your match now so let me say this, "Use this as a learning experience, listen to your coach the next time, and now it is time to move on in your life.
Set another goal and start working to accomplish it."
It all comes down to trust.
Do you trust your coach?
When the pressure on the mat is turned up do you trust your coach? If you don't trust him then why did you ever accept the coach's invitation to come and wrestle for him? You are both going to be frustrated.
Adam and Eve simply didn't trust God. They listened to and believed a lie and lost their match. When the pressure of your life is turned up are you going to trust God, your coach?
If not, why did you become a Christian?
Have you been coached on how to defeat this problem in your life? Implement what you have been taught.
Think on These:
Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation.
A good coach inspires men to have confidence in him; a great coach inspires men to have confidence in themselves.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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