The latest injury surrounding the Major League Baseball scene involved one of the most iconic players in the history of the game. Last Thursday night, before the New York Yankees began the series with the Kansas City Royals, Rivera was doing in warm-ups what he had done for eighteen years.
As he was shagging fly balls in the outfield, Rivera stumbled on the turf, which resulted in a tear of his ACL. He is now out for the rest of the 2012 season, but has vowed that he will come back to the Yankees next year.
So, the Yankees are now faced with a dilemma. Who will be the closer for 2012? The choices are between 8th inning man David Robertson or former Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano. The main mindset that has to be going on in the Yankee clubhouse right now is the next man has to step up. There is no moping in the clubhouse because when someone goes down, the next man on the sidelines has to be ready to check into the game.
When I went to Bible Study the other day, the story of Deborah in the book of Judges reminded me of this situation. Deborah was a prophetess of the land of Israel when the people would go through cycles where they would follow the Lord under a judge, but then would turn away from God once the judge left. Deborah accompanied the army of Israel, under the leader of a man named Barak, as they defeated the Canaanite army led by Sisera at the River Kishon.
After Sisera is killed by Jael via a tent peg, Deborah sings a song of praise after the victory. In the song, the Lord notes the tribes who defended Israel in the battle and those who did not (Judges 5:13-18). And since the LORD is the one who inspired the text of Scripture, we could say, the LORD noted who stepped up and who didn’t.
After naming the tribes, a few verses later Deborah references the inhabitants of place called Meroz saying,
“Curse Meroz”, said the angel of the Lord, curse its inhabitants bitterly, Because they did not come to the help of the Lord, To the help of the Lord against the mighty.”(Judges 5:23)
So why does this story apply to us today? Well, the Lord does not want us to be Meroz. In times of strife, we have to trust God to help us with our battles because the Lord works everything for good for those who love Him!
Whenever God calls us, we have to always be ready to answer that call! God will note in His mind who stepped up for Him and who did not when we stand before Him on the Day of Judgment. We just can’t sit on the sidelines and be lukewarm about our faith! The Lord wants us to go forth and preach the Gospel to all nations.
Once the Lord calls us, it is time for us to heed the precious Word of God and OBEY IT! Today, I exhort you to do just that. Even if circumstances deny us the amount of fellowship we hope to have, we must be sold out to God individually and wait for Him to re-open doors of opportunity. It is up to us to continue being diligent and to not let our guard down at any situation. Keep the Word of God in your heart and your minds because it is our weapon to use against Satan, just like our Savior did when He was tempted in the desert. (Matthew 4)