When it comes to winning championships (especially in those which have 7 games), there is usually one place you never want to find yourself.
Down 3-1 to the NBA’s record holding Western Conference Champions. The highest scoring team, most wins in a single season team, in NBA history.
But that’s where Cleveland found themselves. And if you asked most, they would have probably said the series was over. That there was nothing that could be done to come back. That the outcome was fixed for a Golden State championship.
But, that didn’t happen. In fact, something that had never happened before in the history of the NBA happened. A team, against all odds, down 3-1, against arguably the best team in the NBA, won the championship 4-3.
How many people are living in situations, conditions or circumstances which there is no hope that those may ever change? How many people are living with settled realities and settled destinies? How many people feel like there down 3-1 and can’t come back?
My job will always stink / My marriage will always struggle / My kids will always be difficult / My health will always be bad / My future will always be bleak. The list could go on and on.
Does it have to be? See, most will ask God the following:
Why did you allow this? / Why did you do this? / Not stop this? / Punishing me?
But faith asks a very different question. Faith asks God what he will do about it. In the book of 1 Kings, the son of the widow Elijah was staying with became ill and died. He took the boy upstairs and laid him on his bed.
Then He cried out to the Lord,”Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. (1 Kings 17:20-23)
Do you want life to enter back into your life? Do you want a restored marriage? A relationship with your child? A job you don’t have to dream about?
And if you ask, do you know you are heard? Are you willing to believe in, ask for and expect God to move? The question that this episode is asking is not ‘will our prayers raise people from the dead, but do we believe God has the power and ability to raise anything from he dead?’ Do you believe that he can raise you and any aspect of your life from the dead?
There is no problem he cannot conquer. No past he cannot change. No power he cannot defeat. No future he cannot guarantee. When there is absolutely nothing WE can do, that does not mean there is absolutely nothing that can be done.