Thursday, February 13, 2014
When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl this year, it was such an upset that the extraordinary teamwork they displayed on the field seemed to get lost in the fray. Nonetheless, it was amazing to watch. They were in complete and total unity against the opposing team. In fact, it has been reported that the Seahawks studied the opposing team so completely that they figured out Peyton Manning's hand signals. I will not soon forget the look on Manning's face as he tried to throw the ball with so many Seahawk arms blocking him he could not engage his award-winning throw.
The world would be an incredibly different place if we teamed with other believers and with God as cohesively as the Seahawks team did with each other. The marvelous difference in a football team and us is that with believers in Christ, we have the savior living in us through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are overcomers. More than conquerors. the Bible says so.
There was a man who was so fully committed to being on God's team that it didn't matter if he was the only one. Threatening words were being spoken by a formidable enemy. The entire army of his country and its leader were afraid and discouraged. The same words from the enemy that scared the strongest soldiers in his country angered David. What did David know or see that the leader of his country and the entire army failed to see?
David knew he had a covenant with God. So did King Saul and the army. They all had the same covenant with God. Only David really believed it. He acted on his faith. The giant came tumbling down.
There are others: “By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. They looked all over and couldn't find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
“By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned. By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.” Hebrews 11: 5,6, 29, 30, 31 The Message
Will our names be added to this list one day as believing and acting on our faith in God, even if we have to do it alone?
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.