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Read 2 Chronicles 24:1 through 26:23

The coach swelled with pride at what his team had accomplished. “We had the tools, and we had the talent,” he told the media. “We worked hard. These kids made a commitment in the off-season, and it paid off today. We deserved to win.”

Any coach will tell you there’s a measure of truth in those comments. No one wins without talent and hard work. No one wins without God’s favor, either.

“Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow” (2 Chronicles 25:8).

Ballgames are not war, and with all the people praying for their teams during sporting contests, who can say what will happen. However, it’s important to remember that without God’s favor, all the hard work in the world is going nowhere. It’s futile—a losing battle.

God is the giver of talent and the ability to work hard in the first place.

Challenge for Today: Give God praise even in small things like athletic endeavors.

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 25:5–15


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