March 1st, 2018 — IGNITE

For those of you who may not know, I officiate wrestling. I officiate from the real little boys and girls to High School varsity, so I see some really good wrestling and some not so good wrestling. I just finished my eighth year of officiating. I got into it because I used to wrestle in High School and in college. I loved wrestling and still do.

There’s not too many events that I go to that I don’t have someone questioning a call I’ve made. It’s not that I’m a bad ref or don’t know the rules, I just experience most coaches and many parents who see something else or want me to make a different call. So they think it is in their realm to question my authority or my judgement and they let me know it.

Now, so that you know, there is a proper way to make this happen. The correct way would be for a coach to call me over to the scorer’s table to have a discussion with me. He can ask me any question he wants about what he believes to be a misapplication of a rule, but he can never question my judgement on a call. Most coaches forget that part. Most parents don’t know that part. If there is no misapplication of a rule, it is my job to remind them that I am the ref, I wear the striped shirt and I have the whistle. Since it is my job to call the rules fairly and keep these young wrestlers safe, I have the authority.

I bring that up because of what I read in the Bible today. Here it is…
“By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” Matthew 21:23

That was the question some religious leaders asked Jesus. They didn’t like the things He was saying – though they were true. And they didn’t like the things He was doing – though they were helpful and right. So they thought they had the right to question Jesus.

Don’t suppose you’ve ever done that, right? You didn’t like something that was happening in your life, so you started questioning God. It was somewhat innocent at first, but as things worsened in your life, your turned your anger on the One who gave you life. You started sharing your real feelings because someone told you that you could say whatever you wanted to God, venting all your anger, because He was a big God and He could take it. I’m not sure our disrespect for who He is and what He all does, deserves our snotty little responses.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God is still sitting on His throne. He’s not going to step down or abandon His authority in your life because you don’t like it. He has your best in mind even when you think it’s the worst. Trust Him.

Today I will stop compraining (complaining + praying) and trust You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen