The pitcher threw the ball at 98 MPH. The batter swung and missed. The voice of the umpire behind the plate bellowed “STRIKE” and the batter was out.
The next player picked up the bat, swung at the first pitch, and the crack of the bat echoed throughout the park. The ball bounced toward the short stop who scooped the ball into his glove and sailed it across to the first baseman. The runner was signaled out by the umpire, but the team didn’t agree. After a review by the officials, the ruling stood and the batter was out.
Umpires officiate at sporting events to insure players obey the rules of the game and that it is fair for all involved.
The umpire in our lives is God’s Word. Following what He says keeps us within the bounds of protection, gives us guidance for decisions, and protects us. The way we can know we are following the “rules of the game” is by peace.
When we are struggling with a decision or we are in a situation we are unsure about, peace is our guidance. After praying about whatever we are facing, we can know we are following His will when peace is filling out hearts. God’s direction will never cause confusion, fear, or inner turmoil.
When peace is the umpire the game is played well and we are all winners.
Feel free to share your winning score when peace has guided you in your life.