In 2004 the Boston Red Sox finally won the World Series for the first time since 1918. The “Curse” was finally reversed. After so many years of getting so close to that ultimate prize only to have their hearts broken, they had finally did it! They persevered, keeping their eyes focused on that prize, until finally winning in 2004.
Like the Red Sox we must persevere in the things that are just and destined for us. We must have faith even though sometimes we can’t see our way through. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of the things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceived as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP) How do you think the Red Sox felt after losing three straight games to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the locker room after that game. I am sure that Terry Francona was as upset as the rest of the guys. I am also sure that a common thought was the game the next night. It would be another game four, another game on the way to another disappointing year. There are and were Christian men on that team. Mike Timlin is a Christian as are Curt Schilling and Jason Varitek. I am sure they had to work through their personal emotions that night. It is a sure bet that they were as discouraged as the rest of the men in the locker room that night.
“But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” (Hebrews 11:6 AMP) There were countless people praying that night along with Red Sox Nation. As we all know, the Boston Red Sox went on to the World Series after winning four straight games. Curt Schilling pitched in Game 6 of the ALCS with a serious physical condition. He persevered through his personal discomfort keeping the goal of the team and fans in focus. He said after that game, “Seven years ago, I became a Christian,” Schilling began that night, “and tonight, God did something amazing for me. . . . I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do this alone. And I prayed as hard as I could. “I didn’t pray to get a win or to make great pitches. I just prayed for the strength to go out there tonight and compete, and He gave me that.”
The same remains true for us. We are not famous but we can have that faith to persevere through the situations that come our way. Adversity comes, but with persevering faith we can make it through. “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 AMP) All we have to ask and God will be there to answer us, he will shine down on us and enlighten our daily walk with the knowledge and faith to get through.