Under the leadership of coach Phil Jackson, the L.A. Lakers told every team in the NBA that they were set on victory. They most recently won the NBA finals in 2009 and 2010 and there was huge buzz about a possible 3-peat. When they got ahold of Dwight Howard this past summer the finals seemed to be an almost “done deal”. Steve Nash was also nabbed by the Lakers during the off-season. With the world watching, this new starting five blew people away. Then preseason came…Lakers fans were not happy. They went 0-8 during the preseason for the first time in franchise history before stumbling into the regular season with an 0-3 start, losing to Dallas, Portland and the Clippers. After finally beating Detroit for their first win, the Lakers looked listless again in a loss at Utah. The Lakers’ 1-4 record is the worst in the Western Conference. Fans and nonfans alike we so confused. They had everything going for them but they were falling short again and again. The Lakers kingdom was getting restless. With coach Mike Brown and one of the most jaw-dropping starting five, something wasn’t adding up. Personally, the Lakers are my team. I have to admit that they bought a pretty good line-up. But instead of building with what they had, they took matters into their own hands, or should I say wallets..
So often in our faith we try to handle things ourselves instead of giving them to God. Just as the Lakers bought a team instead of BUILDING a team. They wanted another run at the finals (which would be great) so they did all they could to ensure that that would happen. When we want something, sometimes we try to make the decisions based on our own wants, not what God’s will has for us. When we do this, we end up with a losing record even though we are built to win. Don’t get restless in waiting on God, don’t freak out and try to pave a path that shouldn’t be. Push toward victory through God, not your own wavering opinions. Wouldn’t you rather play for a team that works hard and enjoys the benefits of that hard work? Don’t force things, be patient and follow God in all you do.
Proverbs 14:23- All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Jeremiah 17:7- [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord,
and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.