March Madness

For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier that you

Deuteronomy 11:23

I can’t really think of a time of year that’s better than March. The weather starts to warm up some (unless you’re in Ohio apparently) and more importantly the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament happens in March. 68 teams play in a huge tournament over several weekends to determine who is the national champion. Every year the teams get seeded from 1-16 in four groups. Theoretically, the best teams are 1,2, and 3 seeds and should never lose to lower ranked seeds; but that’s why the time around the tournament is referred to as “march madness.” Sometimes teams who nobody has ever heard of beat some of the tournament favorites. For the Israelites trying to take the promised land, they were certainly a 16 seed in a lot of ways. On their own, they never would have been able to take the promised land from the more powerful nations that held it. The difference is that they had God on their side. Many times in our life we might feel like a 16 seed team trying to beat the best team in the country to accomplish what God has lead us to do. Remember that when God leads you in a direction he will provide. We don’t have to rely on our own power, in fact, we shouldn’t. If we rely on ourselves we will certainly fail, but when we keep God’s commands and walk in his ways we shouldn’t be surprised when he accomplishes incredible things through us.

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