Bob and the Lord stood by to watch a baseball
The Lord's team was playing Satan's team. The
Lord's team was at bat,
the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the
bottom of the 9th inning with two outs.
They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to
the plate whose name
was Love. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a
single, because Love never fails.
The next batter was named Faith, who also got a
single because Faith works with Love.
The next batter up was named Godly wisdom. Satan
wound up and threw the
first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it
pass: Ball one.
Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because
Godly wisdom never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were loaded. The Lord then turned to Bob
and told him He was
now going to bring in His star player. Up to the
plate stepped Grace.
Bob said "He sure doesn't look like much!" Satan's
whole team relaxed
when they saw Grace. Thinking he had won the game,
Satan wound up and
fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone,
Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen.
But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let
very few get by. He
went up for the ball, but it went right through his
glove, hit him on
the head and sent him crashing on the ground; then it continued over the
fence for a home run! The Lord's team won.
The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith,
and Godly Wisdom
could get on base but could not win the game. Bob
answered that he did not know why.
The Lord explained, "If your love, faith and wisdom
had won the game you
would think you had done it by yourself. Love,
faith and wisdom will get
you on base, but only My Grace can get you home. My
Grace is the one thing Satan cannot steal."