My husband is a huge Eagles fan. He was so excited that they even made it to the Super Bowl this year. The Eagles were up against the experienced Patriots, and they had an injured quarterback, so my husband never expected them to actually win.
But as the game clock ticked on, I could see his excitement build and build — they might actually have a chance to win. The last few minutes of the game seemed to drag on, as the outcome wasn’t guaranteed, and he and his friends were literally on the edge of their seats, leaning forward to watch each play. Ecstatic barely explains what he felt when the game ended and the Eagles won.
As I was going to bed that night, it made me wonder if God ever feels that way about us. Ultimately, He knows the decisions we are going to make and the outcomes, but He still gives us the choice.
Does He sit on the edge of His seat waiting to see if we are going to go to church on Sunday mornings? Does He bite His nails when we are at the crossroad of deciding whether to read scripture or the latest fiction novel? Does He pump His fists in the air when we answer the call for baptism? Does He do a happy dance when we give up our Saturday mornings to do something charitable?
I wonder if we’d be more quick to do these things if we knew He was actually sitting on the edge of His seat waiting for us to make the right choice and celebrating our Godly wins when we do.
There’s a saying in the fitness industry, “sweat is fat crying,” and if it were actually true, more people would be more prone to get out and exercise. Regardless of whether or not God is actually doing these actions, I do know that God rejoices when we make the right decisions towards serving Him. So let’s make sure we are making Him do a happy dance in heaven for serving Him to the best of our abilities!
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