During Sunday’s thrilling win by the Patriots over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, one of the announcers cited a statistic that I found amazing. I did some checking and, sure enough, it was true. New England running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (nicknamed The Law Firm, because of his many names) has never fumbled in his NFL career. Over four years, Green-Ellis has carried or caught the ball almost 550 times, but has not coughed it up even a single time. That is remarkable considering how many times a running back gets hit in the course of a season, and it speaks to one of the most important factors in any football game—ball security. You take care of the football, and you dramatically increase your chance of winning. It speaks of how good Green-Ellis’ hands are that he would have that many touches without ever putting the ball on the ground.
As remarkable as that is, however, it is nothing compared to the sense of security we can have because we have trusted Christ as our Savior. When we receive the forgiveness of Christ, we are placing ourselves in the hands of our loving heavenly Father. To make sure we understand the remarkable extent of the safety that is ours as children of God, Jesus said:
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand (John 10:28-29).
Think of that—eternal life, not because we are able to work it out or earn it or make it happen. The safety of eternal life is ours because we are held in the Father’s hands. That reality can give us comfort in times of trouble, courage in times of danger, and peace in times of storm. If you are a follower of Christ, you are in the safest place in the universe—held in the Father’s hands. There you can be at rest.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain