What do we do with victories?

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible readings: 1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81; Proverb 18:20-21

READ (verses for reflection)
1 Chronicles 5:25: “But they broke faith with the God of their fathers, and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. ”

REFLECT
We read in 1 Chronicles 5:18-26 about the tragedy of the Reubenites, Gadites and half-tribe of Manasseh. At one time, they were faithful to God and was blessed with victories. Part of their victories included the stewardship of the people of the conquered lands. Yet, they couldn’t stay faithful because in an ironic way, the people of God adopted the idols of the people of the conquered lands. This reading prompted a question: “What do we do with God-given victories in our lives”? Do we stay faithful to God with these victories or do we give in to temptations to be unfaithful to God with the benefits that came with these victories?

RELATE
God given “victories” might not be winning wars like the tribes of the Old Testament. They could be simpler things in life such as having a career advancement, getting good “O” level results or being blessed with the birth of a child. What do we do with these victories of daily living? For example, when we have a career advancement and hence material blessings; what do we do with these material blessings? Do we hoard them all to ourselves or do we give even more to the poor and needy? When we achieved good “O” level results, do we become arrogant and despise those who did not do as well? Or would we spend time to comfort those in grief and even lend a helping hand? When we are blessed with a child from the Lord, do we train them up in the ways of the Lord or do we spend an overwhelming amount of time nurturing them to be achievers in the ways of the world? May the Lord help us to stay faithful with the victories He has given into our hands; for the glory is His.

REST
Lord Jesus, may You help us to be good stewards of the victories You have given to us; so that Your Name be glorified and more shall come to witness that You are indeed the Saviour of the world.

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