by James Merritt

"The Way to Win is to Lose"
By James Merritt
Genesis 32


1. It is sad to admit, but nobody likes losers. Today, "It is not how you play the game, but whether you win or lose." Knute Rockne, the great football coach of Notre Dame, said, "Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure."1 The modern day version of that is, "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser." The fact is, nobody likes losers.

2. Furthermore, nobody likes to lose. One of the most unique presidents we ever had was Calvin Coolidge. He was so tight-lipped and said so few words that he was nicknamed "Silent Cal."

3. Well, one time a well-to-do lady who had been invited to the White House bet a friend of hers a great sum of money that she could get the President to engage in a conversation. She was seated next to him at a White House dinner and she said, "Mr. President, I have made a huge bet that I could get more than two words out of you." He looked at her and said, "You lose."

4. Now, nobody likes to lose. Probably the most famous saying in all of sports is "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Quite frankly, I don't believe that is true in the world of business, finance, or sports. But it definitely isn't true with God. For with God THE WAY TO WIN IS TO LOSE.

5. We can learn that lesson the easy way by seeing how Jacob learned it the hard way. There were two places that were special to Jacob. One was Bethel, the other was a brook; the brook of Jabbok.

6. At Bethel Jacob saw a ladder; at the brook he saw the Lord. At Bethel he became a believing man; at the brook he became a broken man. At Bethel he became a son of God; at the brook he became a saint of God. At Bethel he died to sin; at the brook he died to self. At Bethel we see how God saved Jacob; at the brook we see how God sanctified Jacob.

7. God taught Jacob one of the most valuable lessons you can ever learn about your ...

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