Madison Christian Church

April 11, 2016 Devotional

Disappointment.  It was on display for so many to see in yesterday’s finale of the 2016 Masters Tournament (arguably the greatest of the four Major tournaments in golf).   Jordan had a commanding lead with 8 holes to go.   He bogeyed #11 and quadruple bogeyed #12.   His disappointment was written all over his face and posture.  He handled it like a man though at the age of 22.   And he will be fine and surely win many more tournaments.  The pressure had to be enormous and people felt terribly for him (as terrible as you can feel for someone who still won $880,000 for coming in tied for 2nd place).

As I reflected on his state of mind, I got to thinking of how disappointed I am in myself for those epic spiritual collapses when I’ve given into my fleshly desires.  That has happened too often and is still a daily struggle.  And when I collapse spiritually, I get very depressed.

I sometimes think of Peter in his hour of what was probably his greatest disappointment after denying Jesus three times.  We read of how he wept bitterly in:  Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:72; Luke 22:62.  John mentioned the incident but not Peter’s reaction.

Most golfers sympathized with Jordan Spieth as we identify with hitting such bad shots.  Although, no golfer I know has ever been in any situation comparable to that of Jordan’s.  His was in an entirely different stratosphere than our golfing experiences.  There’s no comparison.  But ALL Christians (if we’re honest) can identify with Peter’s denial of Jesus in the things we do, the things we say and the things we think so often.

But as the Lord forgave Peter, picked him up, dusted him off and helped him move forward again and grow in strength and in holiness.  He can and will and does do that still today if we reach out to Him in repentance.