Who was He for?February 9, 2018
Who was He for?
The Super Bowl proved to be an interesting game with two evenly matched offenses who both apparently left the heart of their defensive units at home. The game will be remembered by football nerds for its unique side stories. The underdog against the perennial powerhouse (the account of David facing Goliath could’ve been used as a comparable scenario). A game with over 1,000 yards of offense, one punt, and several missed kicks. And then that fourth down play – it seems like the whole world, minus the Eagles players, was sure the coach was signing off on his own demise.
The post game celebration was the typical “thank you to this person and that person, this is the best group ever, etc.” One thing that seemed unusual was the number of people who verbalized an appreciation for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The coach started it off calling Jesus “Savior”, and several of the next interviews carried the same theme. It is not a secret that Nick Foles, the MVP Quarterback, has said that he hopes to be a pastor when his NFL days are over. As a dad, pastor, and youth leader, it was good to see athletes at the top of their game giving glory to God.
Then it happened. Tony Dungy was opining with some wrap up comments and commented that an Eagles player told him “God was doing something special in Philadelphia.” Here’s the question, “Was God the ‘X-Factor’”? Was He why the Eagles went home victorious? Does that also mean that God was pulling against Brady, Belichick, and Kraft? According to a recent poll I read, 20% of Christians admit to praying that God helps their team win. What about those praying for the Patriots to win? There aren’t any indications that God has a favorite football team. Even though God didn’t set the score, we should be thankful for people who are willing to give God glory when things go right. This week, follow the examples given last Sunday Night and praise God verbally for the good things He has done (Psalm 115:1; 118:28). When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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