Tomorrow is the big game! It’s the most-watched event every year. Obviously a lot of people care about the Super Bowl. You may have a favorite team that you’re pulling for passionately. Or you may watch because of the commercials … or simply because everyone else is watching.
Let’s say you really care who wins. You badly want Tom Brady to win a seventh Super Bowl. Or you intensely desire Patrick Mahomes to lead his team to back-to-back Super Bowl victories. For you, the big game is a big deal.
How about for God? Does He care who wins the Super Bowl?
In 2016, LifeWay Research conducted a survey asking Americans: “Does God care who wins the Super Bowl? The results: 88 percent said, “No!” 88 percent -that’s an overwhelming answer. The rest either said “Yes” or “I don’t know.”
I’ll join the minority in saying “Yes.”
Who are we to say what God cares about and what He doesn’t care about? As far as I can tell from Scripture, nothing is too big or too small for God to care about. Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-30: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”
If God is concerned for the birds of the air, and if He keeps track of the number of hairs on your head – i.e. small things – would why He not care about an event that attracts millions of viewers, an event that involves millions of dollars, an event that stirs emotions and incites passions?
I contend that God cares about the Super Bowl, but not for the reasons we care. We care because we want our favorite team to win. Besides the Dallas Cowboys, God doesn’t have a favorite team. (Wink.) His hopes are not riding on who wins a game. He won’t lose sleep over a botched field goal or disastrous play call. A football game doesn’t affect God the way that it might affect us as fans.
God’s concern is different. It’s bigger. He weaves all things into His master plan. In ways that far surpass my comprehension, every event of every person’s life somehow fits into the plan that God is orchestrating. The Super Bowl happens within God’s universe; therefore, it’s within God’s circle of concern. All things are!
And if God cares about the Super Bowl, and the birds of the air, and everything else, how much more does He care about you? He sees you. He knows you. He sent His Son to die and rise for you!
Jesus’ next words in Mathew 10 are, “Fear not, therefore; you are of much more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
Fear not, therefore; you are of much more value than the outcome of a football game.
The fact that God cares about the Super Bowl simply reinforces the fact that He cares about you … because He cares about all things. And you – the crowning jewel of His creation, the reason for the Savior’s sacrifice – you are God’s greater concern!
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