‘…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength . They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40:31
The above Bible verse is thought to have been written in the middle of the 6th century B.C. but following on from what was witnessed at the 2018 Superbowl, its words have never been more relevant.
I was one of those faithful U.K. NFL followers who stopped up into the early hours of the morning of Monday 5th February to watch two teams, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, battle it out for the NFL championship. Being a Jacksonville Jaguars supporter (who were knocked out two weeks earlier by New England) I decided to root for the Eagles, and boy, am I glad I did, for more reasons than the result.
The Eagles went on to beat the Patriots in a close run match, it finally coming down to the only sacking, of the Patriot’s quarterback, and the only interception in the whole game to determine the end result. Both teams fought relentlessly but it was the Eagles who took the spoils.
But the verse above is relevant not only because of the fact they soared, they ran and did not grow feint but the fact that they, it seems as a team, put their hope in God.
As the trophy was being awarded the coach and players gave thanks to Jesus Christ, to God, for all that he is to them. They gave glory to a God who saves, who inspires, who gives strength. They had chosen to put their hope in God, and they believed that hope had helped them to win. Indeed, according to CBN News, the Eagle’s own quarterback, Nick Foles wants to be a Pastor and serve God full time. It’s no surprise given the revival that has swept through the Eagle’s team in recent years as CBN reports.
So, did God make them win? Did New England lose because of a lack of faith? It’s difficult to say as God wouldn’t have a favourite team or person. The Bible tells us God loves all equally. It is also evident that there are Christian’s within the Patriots team too. At the end of the day the team that wanted it more, won, and in this case that was the Eagles. They put their faith, their hope, their guts on the line to achieve what many thought was impossible.
And it is to that we have to give the final note. The mountain the Eagles have had to climb was greater and maybe God wanted to show the faithful of whatever team you support, that with God, even though the odds are against you, nothing is impossible. The only thing we have to do is hope, hope so bad, and by doing so, we will soar like eagles.
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