Pastor's Pen: The biggest blowout
Everything I heard and everything I read pointed to the Broncos as the upcoming victors of this year’s big football game. There was no way anyone else was going to win. Analyst after analyst would seem to give only a passing nod to the Seahawks, almost as a courtesy, while dismissing the idea that they really had any chance at all of beating Denver in the final game for the Vince Lombardi trophy. But, as you certainly know by now, that is not the way the game played out. From the very first snap of the ball Seattle proved that they were there to play and win a football game. But until that battle actually took place only a few seemed to truly consider them a real threat.
As I read the Bible and look at the world around me, I see the same scenario taking place constantly. The Bible, the power of God and the return of Christ are dismissed as a fairy tale, a non-issue in the ‘real’ world or so far into the future that it has no bearing on life today. From the time of Adam, God is dismissed and our own plans are lifted to a more superior position than His own. We tend to live our lives as described in Psalm 94:
"They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting …They say, 'The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed.'"
But you and I forget the power of the one true God: "Does He who implanted the ear not hear? Does He who formed the eye not see? Does He who disciplines nations not punish? Does He who teaches man lack knowledge?"
God hears when we speak against Him, touting our sin and prideful words as though He did not even exist. But He isn’t swayed. He is still set on fulfilling His plan. He still rules. He will still return. Those who are part of His kingdom will serve Him forever and those who are not, "He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them."
Do not doubt the Lord, instead, realize that you must rely on Him in order to make it: “Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.” Why wait until it is too late to try to follow God? Recognize now that “Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”
Now is the time to follow God. He is in the game and He is paying attention and He will win this battle. Make no mistake; it will culminate in the biggest blowout of all time with Jesus Christ as the unquestionable victor. So place your bets now by living your life with that truth in mind.