Close Calls

Dodgers sliding into home

Psalm 73:2

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.


A close call is a very difficult decision or something bad that almost happened.  In life and in sports there are some calls that could go either way.  You are still here, still alive, and still fighting because, and only because you, like the psalmist, asked this question:  “Whom have I on earth beside thee? Whom in Heaven but thee?” (Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior, Frances J. Crosby, 1868).

Psalm 73 was written by a man named Asaph. It is likely that this Asaph lived under the Babylonish captivity. He published this Psalm to console the Israelites under bondage who were greatly pressed to find themselves in outward distress and misery while a people much more wicked and corrupt than they were in great prosperity, and held them in bondage. 

It doesn’t matter what your situation is or looks like now. Focus on the promises of God and know that God knows the end from the begining.  Isaiah said that God “Declares the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure’” (Isa 46:10, KJV). This means that God knows how you will finish.   God will not abort his work in you.  Paul said that “I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6-7, RSV). All of your close calls are designed to cause you to trust Him more.

So remember, God will make the final call. “If we trust and never doubt, He will surely bring us out. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there” (Words & Music: Charles A. Tindley, 1916).   Another modern songwriter named Fred Hammond said this: “Late in the midnight hour, God is going to turn it around. It’s going to work in your favor.”  When circumstances and people count us out, remember that God is the Heavenly Umpire, and His opinion is the only one that matters. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, God has the last say.  

It may be close, but in the end, God will make the call in your favor.

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