Roll with the Punch

Athletes are taught to roll with a punch when they are in a contest or a game. This helps prevent them from getting badly hurt. If instead of rolling, they face the blow head on, the damage is more severe to their body.


Christians can benefit from that technique, too. When life throws a “punch” our way (a child in jail, a devastating disease, an immoral situation in our family, stock market crash, job loss, etc.), we need to roll with it.


If we face the situation head on by being angry with God, blaming others, having a pity party and allowing negative thoughts to flood our mind, we will not survive the punch as well, nor hear God’s guidance for the situation.


We can roll with the punch by praying for wisdom, seeking Godly counsel, and resting in God’s love and care. It helps us when we realize that God is looking out for our well-being and knows all about the punches that come our way. We can trust in His help and guidance.


“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2 (NIV)


Helen L. Hoover