Golf is a game which some people should not play. You know the type of person I’m talking about. The one who after missing a put who throws his putter almost across the green causing a huge gouge in the green from the putter hitting and skidding into it then ending up sticking up out of it. The one who swings so hard and fast with his driver that the driver after coming out of his hands goes further down the fairway than the golf ball does. The one who after missing the golf ball for the third time in a row from a fairway rough who breaks his five iron over his knee. The one who after chipping his golf ball over the green for the fourth time who wraps his eight iron around a near by tree. The one who with almost every missed shot says, “I did it again!” Believe it or not but I actually played with this person a few years ago and this all happened on the front nine of a really nice country club on a very beautiful day. The back nine didn’t go much better however he did stop breaking and throwing clubs.
This wasn’t the first time that I had played golf with my friend yet it was the worst time that I had seen him have at the course. He didn’t get to play as often as he wanted to play and he didn’t play as well as he wanted to play. He would often say the, “I did it again!” statement and get upset though this was the first time that I had seen him throw and break clubs.
It seemed to me there was something more behind the anger he was exhibiting yet golf does have a way of getting to someone in such a way that many other sports do not. My friend was away from the golf course a very nice person who was rather successful with a loving family and knowledgeable in his field and whom I had seen helping his elderly neighbor out by cleaning out his gutters during a down pouring rain.
This was the last time that I had played golf with him and it wasn’t due to his actions on the course that it was the last time we played together; I moved to another state. Talking with a mutual friend, I did find out that this was one of my friend’s last days of playing golf too.
After my move to a different state, my golf outings had diminished due to schedule and other sport interests however I still play a round or two a year and go to the driving range a few times too. I was never a scratch player yet I do have a rather solid drive and am good on the greens. Not playing often makes for a rather sloppy back nine as my iron shots start fading and some drives slice away. I have always from the beginning have been able to keep my cool even with an occasional whiff or most errant shot.
Fast forward a number of years and I find myself married with a father-in-law who very much enjoys playing golf. My father-in-law plays in a senior league and as I found out is a rather good player. He’s able to keep his cool and plays a good strategy which keeps his score low.
Once he found out that I play golf, he wanted to play golf with me. The thing is however is that he and I live in two different states which are around 1,500 miles apart. So, we don’t get to play golf together very often. Not nearly as often as I’d like to play golf with him.
You can find out a lot about a man when you play golf with him. The first time that my father-in-law and I played golf together I know he was sizing me up just as I was him. From the first tee we were each wondering how the round would go. At the turnaround to the back nine, we both knew much more about the other than previously. At the eighteenth green, we had more knowledge about each other and me my lovely wife and mother-in-law.
My father-in-law and I had a great first round of golf together. It was a great bonding time for us as this was the first time he and I had gotten to spend any real time together just the two of us. Getting to know him on the golf course gave me great insight into his life and my wife’s childhood. His wisdom on the course came out in more than just his seasoned golfing skills.
After playing golf with my father-in-law and getting to know him better over these years I got to thinking. Seeing that you can learn so much about someone while playing golf with him, what would it be to play a round of golf with God and win?
So looking through the Holy Bible I came across a number of verses which may describe how it would be to play golf with God and win.
How to Play Golf with God and Win
God would most likely tell you something like this before the the first tee:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. – 1 Corinthians 9:24
Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. – 2 Timothy 2:5
And if you’ve hit a stray shot God may say:
"But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work." – 2 Chronicles 15:7
Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. – 2 John 1:8
I suggest as you are playing golf with God that you:
Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. – Psalms 33:3
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. – Ephesians 5:4
As your round of golf with God progresses, you could ask him about how:
He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. – Psalms 147:4
At midway through the back nine of your round of golf with God, He may say:
But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. – 2 Corinthians 8:11
And after the eighteenth hole, God may say something like this to you:
Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; – Genesis 18:4
And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. – "Exodus 33:14
To which I suggest that:
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. – Colossians 3:17
Well, that’s how I envision playing golf with God. What great conversation you can have with God and how close you would be to Him while playing golf with Him. It would be such a wonderful experience to enjoy and to look forward to and remember.
What? Oh, yea. What about the part of “and win?” Playing golf with God makes you a winner. You see, God doesn’t play golf or do anything else with a loser.
Want to be a winner? Accept God’s gift of love, repent of your sin and receive Jesus as your savior. It is your choice to make. Please make a wise one as it is the most important choice of your life.