Devotions By Jan

Basketball Screen

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BB screen or pickAkSzi.AuSt.7Scripture for Today: I Corinthians 16:13  “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

Being married to a basketball player, coach and sometimes referee, I have learned a bit about strategy.  One important move that creates space for open shots is the “pick” or “screen.”  It requires lots of attention to position and timing.  In the picture number 30 is using this strategy.  However, he is doing it incorrectly and a foul was probably called.  For a successful pick the screener is to remain stationary at the moment of contact with the opposing player.  If the screener holds, leans or moves into the opposing player, or extends his arms, than a foul is called.  The pick has to stand firmly in his place without moving.

In our verse for today we are told to stand firm in the faith.  Doing so requires being sober and alert and aware of the opposition.  It takes strength to bear the brunt of the unexpected attack on our faith.  When difficulties want to topple us, we are to stand firm and immoveable (I Corinthians 15:58).  When Satan tempts us to sin in our anger, we are not to give him any room or foothold (Ephesians 4:27).  We are to stand firm.

It seems strange as a woman to read this verse and be told I am to act like men!  Strength of faith has little to do with physical strength, but Paul is using it as an image.  My faith is to be strong in the face of opposition of any kind.  But my faith is not always so strong and firm.  He knows.  That is why He tells me in I Chronicles 16:11 to “Seek the Lord and His strength…”

Thank you, Lord, that You are my strength!  With You I can stand firm.

(look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)

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