God does not shy away from His responsibility in ruling the universe.
“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39, ESV)
“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” (Psalm 33:10–11, ESV)
“I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7, ESV)
God gives significance and meaning to everything.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father…Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29, 31 ESV)
God knows how the death of every starving child and every last breath of children dying of AIDS will effect eternity. God knows and gives significance to it all.
So God does choose who wins a petty thing like the Super Bowl. But He doesn’t choose based upon silly favoritism. He knows how the outcome will effect lives for years to come. He knows what players will need to hock their winning rings for money in order to get another meal. He knows what vendors will be able to better provide for their needy families. He knows what guy rooting for the loosing team will finally see the vanity of the time and money he invests in sports and repent and spend that time with his family. God knows all these things and knows what the best course is for them.
As well, God chooses who will win your child’s soccer game too. So don’t get all bent out of shape about it. In these games, as well as many areas of life (like presidential elections), we do our best and leave the results to God. It is my responsibility to do right and trust the results to His sovereign plan. He knows what result is best for everyone involved.
God is Sovereign – He knows what He is doing.
Even when your life is seemingly spinning out of control, the reality is that God is in control of every detail: giving significance to everything.
Further reading: Rom. 5.1-5; 1 Cor. 4.11-13; Dan. 3;
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.