Silent Night

The last Friday of the fall semester is arguably the most memorable day any Taylor student will experience in his or her time there. Nothing matches the feelings of the final fall chapel at Taylor University. Singing “Silent Night” by candlelight while being filled with the anticipation of the Silent Night basketball game is unlike anything else. Feelings of praise and joy are seasoned with an intense anticipation as the students await the bedlam that is to take place later that night in Odle Arena.

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Joining your fellow students in worship and remembrance of the God that became man is a uniquely joyful experience. I miss it a lot this year. The above picture is from this morning.

After a long last day of classes that likely includes intense finals prep or a final test preceding a finals week paper, the fun begins. The Silent Night basketball game at Taylor University has been ranked as one of the best college sports traditions in the country, and is featured on ESPN regularly.

I know those who graduated with and before me are missing this day. Nothing really compares.

To any Taylor students who might be reading this, don’t take today for granted. The real world offers no such experience.

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Our “Against-All-Odds” God

I was in the process of preparing to make coffee at work yesterday afternoon and the following thought came to me:

Our God is an “against all odds” God.

Not particularly sure why or how I thought about this, but I did, and I thought it was helpful, so here I am sharing it with you. Often, for fear of slipping into “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel heresy, I believer we miss out on the fact that though God does not promise to make life a field of daisies for us, he can and does bless us in ways preceding the ultimate gift of eternal life.

God does not promise that every day will feel like a Friday, but he does intervene in seemingly impossible ways for our good.

Whether you’re going for an “unrealistic” dream job at age 23, preparing to endure rigorous radiation therapy for “incurable” cancer, or striving after some other “impossible” goal, I want to encourage you:

Because God is the Creator, the unrealistic, incurable, and impossible can be made realistic, curable, and possible.

God is able to work outside of the realm of “odds.” Because he has created and is still involved in the world today and did not step away from the world he created, he can make what we consider “unrealistic” the new reality.

I think that, often times, we try to talk about God under the umbrella of our present reality and logic without understanding that God can change re-make the standards of reality and logic because he made them in the first place.

God is not bound by cultural standards, nature, or time. He can do what he wants through whom he wants, when he wants.

This is not to say God is always going to miraculously intervene whenever we think we know what is best for our lives. The Lord is wise and sovereign. We must wrestle with the truth that God knows what is best and is sovereign when we encounter the presence of evil or the absence of good.

God is not the god of the prosperity gospel—we must remember that. But we must not let the fear of the prosperity gospel steal away our belief that God can achieve the impossible through and despite us.