I read about the following Bob Jones’ vision many years ago:
In it, Jones watched a baseball game between the Lord’s team and Satan’s team. It was the bottom of the ninth with two outs.
Love was at bat and Satan threw his best pitch. Love hit the ball into the outfield for a base hit. “Love never fails.”
Faith came to bat and promptly smashed a base hit. “Faith works with love.”
The next batter was named Godly Wisdom. Satan threw him four straight balls and Godly Wisdom was issued a walk. “Godly wisdom does not fall for Satan’s pitches.”
The bases were loaded.
A player named Grace walked into the batter’s box. Jones noted the batter was not much to look at and wondered about his ability to handle the tense situation. Jones also said Satan’s team relaxed when they saw the weak looking Grace stepping up to the plate.
Grace swung on the first pitch and Jones said he had never seen a ball hit so hard. Satan’s center fielder, the prince of the air, leaped to catch the ball, but the ball went through his glove, hit him in the head, and knocked him to the ground. The ball continued its flight over the fence for a grand slam home run. The Lord’s team won.
The Lord turned to Jones.
“Do you know why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base, but could not win the game for My team?” the Lord asked.
Jones shook his head.
“If your love, your faith, and your wisdom could win the game for you alone, you would think you had done it. Your love, your faith, and your wisdom can only take you so far, but then you need My grace to win the game for you.”
(Excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, an Amazon eBook.)
(Continued in Part 17…earlier parts can be read by clicking here or above on the header.)