Today is Valentine’s Day, where we celebrate love and show our love to those who are significant in our lives. It is a great day with deep emotion attached to it—and rightly so. For NFL fans, however, there is little to celebrate today. The euphoria of a classic Super Bowl game eight days ago has been followed by the first weekend in months without football—and it may be the first of many more such weekends to come. With the growing rift between the players’ union and the owners, NFL football is threatened at a level unseen since 1987 when “replacement players” were brought in to keep the NFL schedule going, but without NFL-caliber competition. That threat has brought to diehard NFL fans a level of uncertainty that makes the immediate future of NFL football look bleak indeed.
Uncertainty is one of the hardest things in life to handle—and it invades areas of life infinitely more significant than whether or not games are played (no matter how much we love those games). An economy that continues to struggle and a global political scene that has been turned on its ear by recent events in Egypt are uncertainties we face on a global scale, and those uncertainties become compounded by the much more personal uncertainties of jobs, health, and relationships that can sometimes seem extremely fragile.
Where do we turn in times of such intense uncertainty? It would seem almost cliché to say that we turn to God, but the reality is that He is the one true certainty in an uncertain world. In fact, the apostle John declared a comforting level of certainty about the relationship between God and His child when he wrote:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)
The key word is know. In a world when there is so much we cannot be sure of, this is something we can know—with confidence. Because of faith in Christ, we can know that we have eternal life. And, that kind of knowledge is priceless in uncertain days.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain