Giants Win, Dodgers Lose

Hebrews 11:6 ESV - And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Giant:  a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or successful; a person of great ability, power, or influence

Hebrews 11:33-38 ESV - who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Dodger:  a shifty person, especially one who persistently evades a responsibility; a person who avoids doing something by being dishonest

2 Timothy 2:25-26 NLT - Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 

Hebrews 11 records a lineup filled with spiritual giants of faith in God.  Some were “home run kings” (like Abraham and Moses) with powerful records of actively trusting God while others were more “singles hitters” (like Isaac and Enoch) whose “box score” may not appear as impressive yet still got them into the faith “Hall of Fame.”  These faith giants had reputations for knowing God, obeying God’s word while overcoming the fear of the unknown, believing for the miraculous, sacrificing by faith till it hurt, blessing others, refusing cultural pressure and labels, and leaving places that held them captive.  None of these faith giants ever “batted .1000”, and some had spectacular failures along the journey.  Yet their active, bold, risk-taking faith put God first and cared not at all what the rest of the world did or thought about them.  Many of these faith Hall of Famers experienced the miraculous while others simply soldiered on until their tombstone read “Died in Faith.”  By contrast, Paul appeals to Timothy about trying to help rescue those who are destined to lose out - the dodgers: the truth dodgers, the faith dodgers, the commitment dodgers, the responsibility dodgers.  Given the eternal importance of our response to truth with trust in God, it is not a game.  Giants win, dodgers lose.

In what area of your life have you been a dodger of painful truth or real commitment - especially in terms of your relationships with God and others?  In what area of your life is God “coaching” you to actively trust Him more?