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God is Your Vindicator
By Joel Osteen - Dec 14, 2009
I have a friend that I used to play baseball with many years ago. He was always the star player; the best one on the team. He led the league in hitting and fielding, and his dream was to play professional baseball. One summer, he was invited to play on this highly competitive team that traveled around the country. It was a very prestigious opportunity. You had to be extremely talented to be invited. He accepted the invitation and played exceptionally well that year. But some of the team members were jealous of him, and they started spreading lies and stirring up all kinds of trouble. The coach, who really liked the young man, believed those rumors, and he did not invite him back to play the next season.

My friend was devastated. He knew it was all politics. He tried to join another team in the league, but it was too late. They were already full. For the first time, he didn't have a team to play on that summer. He missed the whole season; no games, no opportunities.

My friend could have tried to get even with those people who lied. But he didn't. He could have sat back and thought, "Too bad for me. This is so unfair." But he didn't. Instead he would go to the batting cages every day and practice his hitting. He would have friends hit him balls so he could improve his fielding skills. He stayed in shape knowing that it was just a matter of time before things would change in his favor.

That next season, a professional baseball scout saw him out on the field practicing and noticed how talented he was. That scout said to his coaches, "I want that young man to try out for our minor league baseball team." He tried out and made the team. Long story short, he went on to play professional baseball and had a very long and successful career.

What am I saying? When you go through a loss, when somebody does you wrong, when it feels like you've taken steps backwards, don't sit around and sulk. Don't take matters into your own hands. Don't live life defeated. Psalm 135:14 says that the Lord will vindicate His people. Remember, God is your vindicator. He promises to make the wrongs right. Do your part and stay in faith. Keep an attitude of expectancy. As you do, He will fight your battles and lead you in the path of victory and blessing all the days of your life!
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