The Chicago Cubs have gained a new reputation in baseball. They now know how to win. They had the third highest number of wins last season and they have started winning a lot of games this season. As part of this new winning tradition, I know, hard to imagine with the Cubs, they hold a big dance party in the clubhouse after every win. In fact, the clubhouse facilities were remodeled last winter and they added a special area to hold these parties.
Winning isn’t everything, but when it comes to God it’s the only thing. God doesn’t lose. In today’s passage from Revelation, those who have triumphed over all the evil that has been thrown at them are celebrating. The song they sing praises Him who brought victory to them. “Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:4)
Heaven is and will be a celebration of God and His victories. The ultimate victory will be when all nations, all peoples, recognize who God is and come to worship Him. At that time, evil will have been conquered – God alone will be victorious. The party to celebrate will be enormous. God’s people from every place and every time will be joining in song and celebrating. (And yes, my fellow Baptists, there will even be dancing!_
And so, knowing that end, we have strength to endure every day. There are times we may feel defeated. There are times when the troubles of this life get to us and we don’t think we can go on. We don’t know how our individual struggles will pan out, but we can have hope and faith knowing that in the long run, God will emerge victorious. So we endure, we persevere and we emerge victorious from life no matter what troubles we face knowing that we have been invited to this celebration. May we all find ways to make the celebration greater by bringing our friends and family along!
Lord God, You win! I believe that with all my heart and so I trust You for everyday life. Let me show that victory to others. Let me live in anticipation of fellowship with You each and every day.