The big story in sports over the past forty-eight hours has been the NFL Lockout. In recent news, the NFLPA has decided to not vote on the proposal that the owners ratified on Wednesday till after this weekend. At 7:30 EST on Wednesday, we all thought that the National Football League was going to be back until the players said they had not received a proposal from the owners till about two hours after their scheduled conference call.
Everybody in the media thought that this deal would be done by Thursday, but the trust that we thought had built up between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the head of the NFL Players’ Association DeMaurice Smith has deteriorated. I don’t think we are in danger of going back to square one like the two sides were back in March. However, the events of the past couple of days bring a quality that a Christian has to have in order to be closer to the Father.
During our life on this earth, God will give His sons and daughters numerous trials on Earth. In those times, we have to put ALL of our faith in Christ and in Christ alone. God is always on our side no matter what the obstacle is, so why would even bother to doubt His will? Solomon tells us to do the same in Proverbs 3 when he tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
One example of not trusting in God that sticks out to me is King Asa. He was one of the kings of Judah when the Israelites were divided after the death of Solomon. Asa was one of the few kings in Judah who kept worship solely to God over the course of his reign, but he made one bad mistake towards the end of his life. The book of 2 Chronicles tells us that “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but sought help from physicians.” (2 Chronicles 16:12). Asa died shortly thereafter.
Now, I am not saying that doctors should not be trusted in because they have been a God-given gift to help heal others through the Holy Spirit. However, when we are in a time of trouble, we should solely trust in the Lord that He will guide us on the right path. Asa had peace in Judah for 35 years, but in a instance, drew away from the Lord in a time of distress in his kingdom.
A few months ago, I wondered what God had planned for me in terms of coming up with the way to serve God in my sportswriting. Today, I am now the creator of Jesus N Sports and I am grateful for that opportunity given by the Almighty Father.
Today, I exhort you to keep your faith solely in Christ and to trust in Him in every situation. The only person that knows what is about to happen is God and you have to trust that His will will ultimately lead to a way that you can serve Him and bring glory to His name. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11). Hopefully, the lockout will end soon, but in the meantime, keep your minds open to God and bring your concerns to Him in prayer rather than doubt the plans He has for you. Don’t take the example of Asa, but be like the woman in the Gospels who simply believed that if she touched Jesus’ robe, she would be healed.