…to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:4 NIV)
World champions Brazil were favourites for Olympic gold in the Atlanta 1996 men’s football competition – with their squad including star names such as Bebeto and Ronaldo.
The Samba stars lined up to face Nigeria in the semi-finals, a team they had beaten 1-0 in the group stage, and what resulted was one of the greatest matches in Olympic history.
Brazil led 3-1, but with 12 minutes left Victor Ikpeba drilled home from 20 yards, before Nigeria skipper Nwankwo Kanu scrambled the ball into the net in the last minute to send the game to extra-time.
Kanu then scored his second just three minutes into extra-time and Nigeria held on to complete a wonderful comeback as Brazil were beaten 4-3.
Nigeria came from behind once again in the final as Argentina led 2-1 thanks to goals from Claudio Lopez and Hernan Crespo. The ‘Super Eagles’ drew level before Emmanuel Amunike beat the offside trap to score from point-blank range and seal a 3-2 win to become the first African nation to win a football gold medal at the Games.
In life today, many are loosing by 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 margin etc, but the good news is that, the game is not yet over for the children of God. The Referee’s whistle is yet to be blown meaning anything can happen. Let me remind you, as long as there is life, there is hope.
I may be 35 years old but not yet married, its doesn’t mean that I will won’t get married for the calendar of God is different from that of man. I may be more than 30 without any meaningful source of livelihood, hey! Don’t write me off because the match is not yet over. I may be a school drop out that doesn’t mean that I have dropped out of the race of life. I may have no parents but I have a father who shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory. I may 25 years old in marriage yet nothing to show for it, don’t worry about me for the game is still on. There is a gospel of extra time. There is a God who can transform my situation. There is a God who is still in the business of doing wondrous things – a God of miracle.
Abraham and Sarah remained childless for a long period after marriage till Sarah became too old to have children by man’s judgement. God renewed the promise of a son after twenty-five years had gone by. Sarah was 90 and Abraham 100 when Isaac was born (Genesis 18:13-14).
What area in your life have you suffered a temporary defeat? Is it your marriage, finances, job etc? Don’t give up, it’s not yet over. Hold on and believed you can still make it. You can smile again, just focus on Jesus the hill from where our help comes from, a God who alone does great wonders.