After a really interesting weekend of FBS college football, the reality is that nothing is settled yet. It is still uncertain who will play in the national championship game, it is uncertain what teams will populate the rest of the coveted BCS bowl games, and it is still uncertain which player will win the Heisman Trophy. For the big questions in college football, well, it’s anybody’s guess. With final regular season games to be played next week along with SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and PAC 12 championship games, it is amazing how little has been determined through the long season. What will happen next? Well, that’s anybody’s guess. While it may be impossible to predict the outcomes of the college football season, life is a little more predictable. The reality of life in a fallen world is that troubles will come, and that is not a guess. Jesus said:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Although tribulation and difficulty are a certainty, Jesus offers hope. While the predictable consequences of living in this broken world are trials and troubles, our Lord calls us to rest in Him. In fact, Jesus says we can “be of good cheer.” Why? Because, though trials are certain, so is His victory. The victory purchased by His death, burial, and resurrection has overcome the world—so that we need not be overcome by the world. It is a fact that troubles will come, but it is also a fact that through Christ we can have victory. Be of good cheer!   Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain