Those of you who know the outcome of a certain football game (as in the Pats over the Falcons) will appreciate this, and those who are unaware will not care, but ultimately, God is a Patriot. Excuse my dose of liberty, but here’s why.
It was said that late into the fourth quarter, Belichick’s team had a 99.5 percent chance of losing. That appears to be against all odds. The momentum had shifted, and the Falcons were poised to coast to victory. Dropped balls by the Pats, coupled with ho-hum series even with good field position, and a loss was inevitable…..or so it seemed. 28-3 with the clock ticking quicker than Usain Bolt, and hope was fading faster than a speeding bullet.
But these were the Patriots. They had the finest tactical coaches ever, and oh by the way, the fiercest competitor in Tom Brady. As long as there was time, it was possible, then the tides began to shift.
A timely sack of Ryan took them out of field goal range, and the
Pats walked down the field. 28-9, 28-12, all of a sudden it was 28-20, then of course 28-28, and you know the rest of the story.
But why is God a Patriot? Is He a Boston fan or a Georgia bulldog? No, neither, and I suppose He was not involved in the outcome, (as there were players that decided that) but the similarities of refusing defeat in the face of sure loss is a hallmark of unflappable character, and to be sure, God has an abundance of that.
While the bettors were licking their chops and collecting their bets before the game was over, assuming the Patriots would lose, there was still a matter to be decided, and the certainty in which people turned off the television in disgust, is akin to the nonsense and unbelief that many people ‘turn off’ God from their minds, because THEY have written the script whereby God loses.
Newsflash: God never loses. He is stable as the sun, He is consistent as the tides, He is effulgent as snow, He is pure as rain, and is all-knowing yesterday, today, and forever, and has yet to lose anything to anybody. In fact, God is the only being that wins every argument by not even showing up. God does not play games, and He protects His homeland.
I know a few characters who challenge God to ‘appear,’ and by their own admission, God loses by failing to bring His summons into THEIR presence. Fools I tell ya. ‘Scripture cannot be trusted,’ is the caustic drone sound, as if by repetition this screeching accusation has merit.
Bringing a charge does not make the charge valid. I don’t care how many times a thousand men will say: ‘No Exodus, no Moses, no Christ, no Paul,’ I will show you either a thousand mis-informed men, or a thousand liars. Take your pick.
So yes, God has protected His turf by giving the creatures He created a playbook as it were, and He keeps to it, come hell or high water. In the face of blatant disrespect against they who do not even give Him the courtesy of existing, He extends grace, a sure-fire proof of His eternal benevolence. He is good like that.
God, as a Patriot over His own creation, sends rain to the undeserving, and sends woes to the deserving. He is equal in all things. In the midst of certain catastrophe, be it flooding, fires, random shootings, or buildings falling on people, He stays true to Himself, and keeps His word.
He can be trusted to finish that which He has started, and by the way, invites others to share in this sacred trust. A ‘trust fund,’ set up courtesy of the God who owns it all. So while there are still remaining ticks in our lives, or time on the game clock, we press on, but trusting in He who owns time, as He most certainly can be trusted, as He is the friend who sticketh closer than a brother.
And congrats to Brady and company, whose determination and resilience produced the most unpredictable of finishes. They played to the last. And of course God knew all about the outcome, long before the coin toss, as He knows the end from the beginning. After all, he is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.
Can’t see God? Open your eyes to the truth of the sunrise, the light of the moon, male and female, man and woMAN, the history of Israel, the rebellion of the heart of men, the Psalms that speak to He whose understanding is infinite, the gospels that present ‘He who even the winds and seas obey,’ the epistles that prove the life and times of Paul as writings impossible to fabricate, and of course the Revelation which presents God as knowing the end of the story known as life, with the sun and the moon being temporary lights, eclipsed by the glory of God, all proving that God’s playbook is open to all, and that He is for us.
And never bet against God, as you will surely lose. I like to say that God has never lost an argument to ants; perhaps we think far too much of ourselves and our borrowed knowledge ………but God is in fact the ultimate Patriot, as He defends His own creation against all enemies. (just think about the powers of the air and the battles that are not reported)
That said, the Pats victory was all about the teamwork, where there was not one single hero. Even the demure nature of God does not call attention to His hero-ship.