Faithful God! Faithful Follower?

A few weeks ago I was watching the Philadelphia Eagles play the New York Giants on TV.  When the Eagles were down by something like three touchdowns in the fourth quarter I turned off the TV in disgust and did something else.  Later that evening my daughter mentioned that she saw on Facebook that the Eagles had won.  I couldn’t believe it and thought she was delusional, only to find out that indeed the Eagles had made an unbelievable comeback.

If only I had stayed with them I could have been treated to enjoying one of the most exciting games for an Eagle fan in recent history.  O, me of little faith!  I only hope I am a more faithful Christian, husband, father and friend than I was an Eagle fan that day.

Feeling duly chastened, I have watched the last two games of the regular season till the bitter end, only to watch my beloved Eagles lose twice.  Goes to show there are no guarantees of victory on any given day for a faithful sports fan.

The only real guarantee in life is that God is faithful to us.  “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1Cor. 1:9).  God’s faithfulness and my promised destiny may not guarantee my faithfulness on any given day, but they sure should motivate it.

I plan to refuse to give up on the Eagles in the playoffs this year for as far as they go.  That is well and good, but what really blows me away is that we have a God who never gives up on us now and into eternity.  Never.

O Lord, go Eagles!  But please help me be a deeper, more faithful God-follower than I am a football  fan.  You certainly deserve that.  Amen.

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