Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, but he shall triumph at last. (Genesis 49:19 NKJV)
Perhaps you are familiar with the phrase, “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.” Its origin is a bit unclear, but the saying seems to have come to us from the unlikely intermingling of two areas of endeavor: the opera and baseball. The meaning of this oft-repeated phrase is rooted in the understanding that nothing is irreversible until the final act (or inning) is played out.
I want to encourage you today, not with the singing, but with the speaking of our Lord, rooted in today’s verse. As fallen, broken people living in a fallen, broken world, the experience of Gad is the experience of all of us. How often our adversaries seem to have gained the upper hand! Countless waves of challenge threaten to drive us onto the sandbars of life. How many fiery furnaces have we experienced, only to be left in the ashes of defeat? The dark night of the soul has often been our experience. To the watching world, we have days that look a bit like Good Friday; it appears that we are utterly and finally defeated.
But, beloved, all that has been proven at that point is the first part of our verse today. We, like Gad, have been tramped upon and would be left in irreparable ruin . . . if not for the second part of the verse!
It ain’t over ‘til our faithful Lord speaks!
The promise is clear for the child of God: we shall triumph at the last. The poet who said, “All’s well that ends well” spoke the most amazing and comforting biblical truth: For the believer, no battle, no conflict, no challenge is to be judged by its beginning, for you will triumph at last.
Remember this: everything you are going through . . . you are going through it. God is conforming you into the image and likeness of His beloved Son. He is using every life experience to that end, and He has given you the promise He is working all things for your eternal good.
I pray that a calm confidence will embrace you today, regardless of where this finds you. Remember, God did not bring you this far just to leave you here. He who began this good work in you has promised to complete it at the last. Victory is assured.
One final word about “the last”—as Bunyan said, “Last means forever, for nothing can come after the last.” Let that truth set you free—not just today, but every day as you make your way toward the Celestial City. It ain’t over ‘til our faithful Lord speaks . . . and He has spoken: “He shall triumph at last.” Easter Morning always follows Good Friday!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!