The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” (Luke 20:42–43)

NOTHING CHANGES A GAME faster than eliminating your opponent. When all seems lost and you have no chance to win against a team of bullies and cheaters, the umpire is the only one who can call a halt to the agony of a painful defeat. Better yet, he has the power to impose a large penalty on the enemy to prove a point and to set things right.

When we cry out to God in confusion over a game gone wrong, He knows how to put things back in their place, in the proper order, and with balance restored. And He invites us to rest while He takes control. He knows we grow weary of trying to figure out the complexities of life. Staying in the game is necessary, but we don’t have to play it alone. And once we finish one game, there is always another to play.

We don’t need to live our lives fighting for our rightful position. God is watching out for our best interests no matter what game we are in. He guides and directs from His perfect vantage point. All we need to do is recognize His authority to orchestrate the outcome. He has so much to teach us about how to play some of the most difficult games of our lives.

Take time today to ask God if you are in the right game.

Jan Cline is the author of three devotional books. She is a speaker and founder and director of a Christian writers’ conference in the Northwest.