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Prep for Game Day
Theme of the week: God's Winning Game Plan
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Key Bible Verse: I will study your teachings and follow your footsteps. (Psalm 119:15, CEV) Dig Deeper: Psalm 119:9-16

On Wednesdays we'd give each player his playbook for the game. Then we'd practice the plays for the rest of the week. All the coaches on my staff wanted our players to have the best advantage that would increase our chances for a win.

This is what our Head Coach—God—has done for us: He has provided us with the perfect playbook for a winning strategy for our biggest game of all—the game of life. In his Word, the Bible, our all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving God has prepared the perfect game plan for you and me. But are we diligently studying it? The locker room on game day is quiet. Most of the players are studying their game plans in final preparation for the game. You could feel the intensity in the locker room.

In studying the Bible, do you and I make a similar commitment to preparation? At one point in my life, I decided I would invest in real estate. But, I was not studying what my Bible had to say about finances. This decision led to one of the biggest messes I've ever experienced. I was playing the game without studying the game plan.

—Joe Gibbs in Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks

My Response: What is my plan for regular and intentional Bible study? Before I make a major decision, do I turn to God's Word for guidance?

Thought to Apply: More than 55 years ago my father told me, "The Bible does not belong on a shelf but in your hand, under your eye, in your heart."—Martin Niemöller (German theologian, Lutheran pastor)

Adapted from Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks (Zondervan, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Father in heaven, forgive me for those times I don’t trust you and your perfect plan for my life; through this week’s readings show me one step I need to take to strengthen my walk with you.

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