I Was Thinking…
Third Day Thoughts are usually written a few days ahead of the third day of the week, Tuesday. This week I’m writing early Monday morning…Championship Monday. When you read this we will know who the NCAA Football Champion is. Is it Alabama or is it Georgia? I am hopeful that we will awaken on this third day of the week, Tuesday, with a Georgia Championship. But I am writing ahead of the event and…well how does one know how to look into the future with accuracy?
I am not a good prognosticator. That is one of the reasons I’m not a gambler (among other ‘being a good steward of God’s resources’ reasons). Oh, we do the family ‘scratch off Jingle Bucks’ from our stockings at Christmas. But I am not a gambler. However, there will be a lot of money won and lost over this Championship Game. And for those into such shenanigans, wouldn’t it be great to have known yesterday what you know today. You could have bet the farm and won enough to buy several farms.
How do we look into the future? Those who study such things look at trends of the past and present and seek to see what is coming. The ancients looked to the stars for signs. Whether it is football, global warming or everyday traffic…looking into the future is an interesting challenge.
The writer of Hebrews states, “Faith is the assurance of things hope for, the conviction of things not seen.” (11:1) The Prophets spoke of things to come and much happened just as they had predicted. How can that be so? Perhaps because they were in sync with the God who sees what we cannot see and knows what we cannot know. Did God know who would be Champions before they became Champions? Does God care? All of this is great fodder for debate.
Here’s what I know…God cares about such things because cares deeply about us. God cares about what is important to us and what may become too important to us. Because God knows we are easily distracted and easily misled. God cares about our prayers even if they have been offered in the midst of emotion at a football game. Because God knows we are children who are still learning the importance of things that are really important. God knows we have not yet arrived to full maturity but we are learning of the things that have eternal significance. Yes…God cares! This I believe with certainty.
Do I have skills of the prophet or not? I predict Georgia beats Alabama 28 to 24. I predict the Falcons will return to the Super Bowl and this time win. I predict the Atlanta Braves will win the 2020 World Series. I predict God will always love us regardless. One of these predictions I believe with certainty. The others I hope with great hope come true. We are Champions!
Go Dawgs! Go Falcons! Go Braves! Go God!
P.S. Just to confirm this was written at 7:00 AM on Monday, January 08, 2018.