When You Want Em' To Lose
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.—Proverbs 24:17-18
If you're like me, you might be catching moments of the NFL and NCAAF as we come toward the close of the season. Some games interest me, and others I don't care to watch. But then there are a couple of teams that you want to lose. For me, they're usually those big-budget top seed teams that seem to be in the playoffs every year, that prevent my team from having their moment of glory. You might even find them irritating to watch, and you may also wish evil on them. Penalities. Ejections. Injuries. But you have to pause when you read the words above. While this desire lives within, addressing it might be a good idea. You might just be celebrating your demise when God turns away his anger from him—to you.
DO THIS: Stop rejoicing when your enemy falls.
PRAY THIS: God, today, I pray for those who are my enemies. Use your justice to lead them back to you, as you did me.