…to the humble he gives favor. ESV Proverbs 3:34
I’m not a huge sports fan, but my family generally watches the Super Bowl together and we keep up with the basic news the week before the big game. Hence, while I’m sure I don’t know all the facts about every player on every team, I was very impressed with Nick Foles going into the game. I had read a few different articles that he plans to become a high school pastor after football (and I had read of others on the Eagles team who were outspoken believers as well). This isn’t to say there are no Christians on the Patriots, as I’m sure there are in an organization that large. However, I can’t help but wonder if God was a bit involved in the game last night. The Patriots are a simply amazing team (as we saw in Super Bowl LI). Could it be that God showed favor to the Eagles last night?
Two Foles quotes stood out to me this morning as I skimmed news articles about the game last night. “I’m a Christian and I believe in God… and when you do great, you stay humble and you give him glory.” Secondly: “I think the big thing that helped me was knowing that I didn’t have to be Superman,” Foles said. “I have amazing teammates, amazing coaches around me.” Various proverbs kept running through my mind as I considered such humility and how God loves to show himself strong to those who are humble and loyal to Him. Granted I don’t follow sports that closely, and I’m sure there are those who could cite all sorts of evil with the Eagles, and perhaps cite even more examples of godly people on the Patriots, so I’ll admit I’m blogging outside my strength zone. (One reasons why I generally stay straight from the Bible :-)). However, part of spiritual formation is applying Biblical teaching to life and looking for real-life examples of Biblical teaching.
I pray we stay humble in our callings today. God has given each of us unique talents and while we won’t win Super Bowls, we can find God’s favor in other ways. May you humbly submit to the Lord Jesus and allow Him to exalt you in due time. Humility always wins.