Most years I like to post at least once about the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. This year I watched on television as Justine Henin played in the fourth round. She was down break points and saved them by hitting winners. I’ve also watched other players who, when they are down break points, play conservatively in the hope that their opposition will make an error. I would love to know what goes through Henin’s mind when she faces break points because at such times, she has the confidence to hit the ball with her full force.

Spiritually, it makes me think that when we face difficult circumstances we need to play our best shots; and we can only play our best shots if our confidence is in God. Difficult circumstances should not make us shrink back but rather they present us with an opportunity to express our faith in God. As the writer of Hebrew writes: But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved (Hebrews 10:38-39).