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Guaranteeing the Warriors Will Be Back

Published on June 16, 2017 | By

Yesterday, the Golden State Warriors held their second Championship Parade in the last three years. The question now becomes, how many more rings can they win? Displaying

They have four All-Stars, with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant among the the top five players in the NBA; two of the best role players in the league coming off the bench; and their under 30 core is right in their prime. 

Despite the majority of the players being free agents, everybody senses that most of the key players will re-sign with the team. Many say this dominant team will be back in the NBA Finals next year...and even in the following years. Most NBA fans are convinced this year's Championship Series is the one we will witness next year at this time. They consider it a foregone conclusion that no other team is going to knock off the Warriors or the Cavs. 

On the surface both teams appear to be guaranteed a rematch for the fourth straight year. However, we need to pump the breaks and recognize all the factors that come into play. With injuries, team chemistry issues, and other teams making moves, there are plenty of unforeseen circumstances that could prevent the Warriors and Cavs from returning to the Finals. 

In life, we also have predictable and unpredictable seasons. But even when we think our planning guarantees the future, there are always unforeseen circumstances that get in the way of our timelines and outcomes. Although we should have hope and faith while making plans, we should also be careful not to be too self-confident or boastful about tomorrow...and make sure we consider God’s will for our lives.

James 4:13-15 (NLT) says, "Look here, you who say, 'Today ortomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.'” 

As we look at the future, let’s be reminded that God sees what we can’t and His plans may be different from what we laid out for ourselves. Thankfully, even when circumstances veer off in another direction, we can trust in His power and goodness. When we get used to saying “Lord willing,” it is an on-going act of surrender and believing His way is best. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that! 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that my over-confidence can creep in when I make plans and predictions for my life. I pray that I would live with open hands and an open mind to follow Your will, and adjust accordingly to the changes that are sure to happen. I trust you! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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