Who doesn’t enjoy watching children play baseball? There is an old story about a man watching a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was.
The boy responded, "Eighteen to nothing—we're behind."
"Boy," said the spectator, "I'll bet you're discouraged."
"Why should I be discouraged?" replied the little boy. "We haven't even gotten up to bat yet!"
Because of the work of Jesus, we has Christians have all of the reason in the world to forestall discouragement and maintain hope:
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Rom. 5:1-2.)