Monday, April 2, 2018

The Umpire

The Umpire by Keith Cook

"There is no umpire between us, who may lay his hand upon us both." Job 9:33 NASB

Recently, I went to a baseball game. Our local team was doing great! Home runs were being hit left and right. Then it happened! Our pitcher threw a wild pitch and it almost hit the batter. The batter got so mad that he started yelling at the pitcher. Then our manager became rather upset and started yelling at the batter who, by then, was being defended by his manager. It was a rather fun scene for us as spectators, but for the players on the field it was very serious and a tense situation.

Into the middle of the situation stepped the umpire. While the coach of a team has a lot of authority and can usually rule his players, there is one person on that field who has total authority, the umpire. When he speaks everyone must listen. When he says "play ball," they all play ball. When he says "You're out of here," you take a walk to the locker room, and no matter how loud you yell and protest, there is no way to get back into the game.

When the umpire had had enough, he sent both coaches back to their dugouts, the players went back to their positions, and the game continued. The tense situation was over and the game was completed.

While Job thought there was no umpire who could mediate between God and man, there actually was, it was Jesus Christ. Jesus stepped in and brought peace between God and man, even between you and God.

In the game of life, Jesus is the spiritual umpire who can control your actions and reactions. Don't strikeout on your own. Don't be disqualified by not showing up for the game. Let Jesus call you safe at home plate (Heaven) one day!

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