Those that know me well may know that I don’t watch sports. But they can probably tell you that I love spending time with family and friends. So, today, when it was time for the Superbowl 51 I was excited, not for the game, but for the yummy food and awesome company!
But THAT game was interesting. I may not know much about football, but when you are more than half way through a game, and the scores are so diverse, you typically rest assure of who the upcoming winner will be. But apparently, not in football… you can have a tie at the last-minute—literally!
So when the drastically losing team for most of the game became the champions, I couldn’t avoid realizing how similar the events of this game are to how God sometimes work, and how we as christians ought to be like these players.
Whaaaat?! Did I just puzzled you? That’s alright, let me explain:
Imagine you are a Patriot fan. You probably would have stayed away from social media for most of thewouldn’t feel too comfortable putting your views “out there” without knowing or foreseeing the outcome. You don’t want to proclaim something that others will probably not support. Even though you may remain hopeful, you probably wouldn’t feel too confident to claim it as a fact. In other words, publicly supporting the Patriots as they were losing may have caused others to doubt you or tease you and you’d prefer to wait and see.
But even though it seemed like all hope was lost, the players did not quit. They kept a positive attitude and continued to do their best as well as they could. The scoring board was probably very discouraging, but they remained hopeful and kept going strong.
In the end, their perseverance paid off and when it seemed impossible, they won! Making history, as no other super bowl in 50 years had ever needed to use overtime. But requiring overtime tells you that their win was not given. Even though it seemed like an imminent win for Atlanta from the beginning, The Falcons kept on fighting until the end. It was a terrific game! But as with all sports, one team won and one lost.
What is meant to happen, will happen in God’s perfect timing. Even when it seems like its impossible or we can’t possibly fathom the result we hope for.
God is in control. God is always at work. Even when we least expect it.
I am NOT saying that God wanted the Patriots to win, or the Falcons to lose at the last minute. In fact, the point I want to make has nothing to do with football. But I certainly love using modern-day / culture-applicable analogies that can help us realize even more how wonderful our God is.
Sometimes we are all-out of hope. Sometimes we fail to act or believe, because we are unsure of the end-result or have no proof of what we wish. But the bible tell us that true faith is blind.
Hebrews 11:1-12:3 paints a beautiful picture of what faith is all about. It teaches us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (11:1). It also tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exist and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (11:6).
Think about Noah, who built the gigantic ark even though everyone must have thought he was mad. Or, Abraham, who persuaded God’s people to find the promise land even though he didn’t know where he was going. As many others, Abraham did not see the promise land, yet he died a faithful man. Even when we don’t see the fruit of what we are sowing, we must trust that it all works according to God’s mighty plan. Things come to pass on God’s perfect timing, which may be well after our human life. Our duty is to be faithful.
Live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Living by faith and not by sight can mean very different things to various people. In fact, it’s meaning can change to the same person depending on what season they are on. But what remains the same is trusting the Lord even when the odds seem to be against our favor or we don’t know what to expect. Knowing confidently that He is in control and He will carry us through whatever difficulties we encounter. It means going against popular belief because we hold one truth above all others: His Word in the Bible.
Take a moment and pray over Hebrews 12:1-2. Ask God for wisdom and strength to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Ask Him to give you courage and patience to “run with perseverance the race [He has] marked out for [you].” Pray for your eyes to be fixed on Jesus, so you can blindly trust on what’s eternal with unconditional faith (Heb 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:18).
May this bless you today!
Published with permission from QualityAboveQuantity