Does God Even Care?
DAY 1 – January 3, 2021
I played football in high school, but I wasn’t very good at it. My mother decided to start me in school at the age of five, so I was younger than everyone else in my class. That age difference really showed up years later on the football field, most assuredly in a drill called Bull in the Ring. Coach Barr would give us all a number. Then he would put us all in a huge circle in no certain order. He would choose a player to be the Bull and place that person in the middle of the circle. It seemed like he always started with me, the team runt. So I would walk to the middle of the circle, and he would start scream-counting, “1, 2, 3, and so on. Each time he called out a number, I knew that some person from somewhere in the circle was running as hard as they could toward me to try to end my life. Sometimes Coach Barr would call three or four numbers at a time. I would be flying through the air in one direction, only to be hit in the back and sent a different direction, while someone would hit me in the side…well you get the picture.
Bull in the Ring has been banned by most football leagues. If you Google it today, one of the first articles is entitled, “Are you OK with destroying a kid’s brain for this game?” That probably gives you a better idea of why I am the way that I am!
While Bull in the Ring has been banned from most football leagues, it surely has not been banned from life. There are times when it seems like you are in the middle of a ring that just continues to unleash problems, hurts, and unrelenting pain in your life. When that happens, your first thought might be, “Where is God? Does He even care?” Fair question. Let’s look at how we should respond to pain.
Pain can come from anywhere. It can come from someone who is evil. It can come from a friend. It can come from our own failure or sin. It can come simply from life. Until we get to heaven, we will live in a flawed world, and this world will bring pain. What can we do with our pain?
Proverbs 20:30 says, “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.” In other words, while we have not been spared the pain, God can use the pain to change us. In fact, C.S. Lewis was famously quoted as saying, “God whispers to us in our pleasure, but He shouts to us in our pain.”
Over these next Twenty-One Days of Prayer & Fasting, I am going to challenge you to change! I am challenging you to read these devotions each day, to join us for one hour of morning prayer at 6am each weekday at Destiny, and to fast during this time. Let’s spend these twenty-one days working toward becoming the person God wants us to be.