The NBA may have seen the end of an era last Friday night when, in spite of their top-seed status in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs were felled by the Memphis Grizzlies. Though they won 61 games in the regular season, the Spurs were unable to force a seventh game against Memphis—and experts said that San Antonio showed its age in the process. It may be that this group, which has been so good for so long and has won multiple championships, is at the end of its run. Next year will give a clearer picture of where the Spurs are going forward. But this much is certain—if the Spurs are at the end of their run, it is truly the end of an era.
In a situation much more significant than any sports event, the nation of Israel faced the end of an era when King Uzziah died (Isaiah 6:1). During Uzziah’s reign, Israel had experienced an unprecedented run of peace, prosperity, and national well-being. With the death of this dynamic leader, however, came the end of an era—bringing with it uncertainty and fear about what the future would hold for the nation. What Israel needed to understand and embrace, however, was that it was the God of Israel—not their king—who was the source of the well-being of the nation. That is why Isaiah 6 opens with those powerful words:
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)
The point? The era of Uzziah may have ended, but the reign and rule of God will never end. In times of uncertainty and concern about the future, we can always be at rest. Our God is still on the throne.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain