Some of us have been like the tribe of Gad, of whom we read in Gen. 49. 19, 'A troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last.' Our adversaries for a while were too many for us, they came upon us like a troop. Yes, and for the moment they overcame us, and they exulted greatly because of their temporary victory. Thus they only proved the first part of the heritage to be really ours, for Christ's people, like Gad, shall have a troop overcoming them.
This being overcome is very painful, and we should have despaired if we had not by faith believed the second line of our Father's benediction, 'He shall overcome at the last.' `All's well that ends well,' said the poet, and he spoke the truth. A war is to be judged, not by first successes or defeats, but by that which happens 'at the last'. The Lord will give to truth and righteousness victory 'at the last', and, as Mr. Bunyan says, that means for ever, for nothing can come after 'the last'.—C. H. Spurgeon
(Rom. 8. 36, 37; Rev. 5. 5, 10)
A painter once painted the devil playing a game of chess with a young man whose eternal soul was at stake. The scene showed the devil with a look of glee on his face as he checkmates the young man whose look of despair acknowledges defeat. There appears no other move for him to make.
A great chess player came across the work of art and, after carefully studying the game, he set up a chess board with the pieces in a similar position. After much thought and time, he saw that defeat could be turned into victory. By making just one certain move on the young man's behalf, the devil was placed in a position of utter defeat.
In the game of life, youth has no chance against the wiles of the devil who is determined to ruin the soul. But at Calvary the Lord Jesus intervened and made a 'move' that enables youth today, who trust in Christ, to have complete victory.
`Thanks be unto God Who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.'—Youth for Christ Magazine
(Rom. 8. 37; 1 Cor. 15. 57)
That celebrated statue, the Winged Victory, has suffered during the centuries to the extent of losing its head and other less vital parts. When the Irish tourist was confronted by this battered figure in the museum, and his guide had explained that this was the famous statue of victory, he surveyed the marble form with keen interest.
"Victory, is ut?" he said, "Thin, begorra, Oi'd loike to see the other fellow."