Like many football fans, I thoroughly enjoy the NFL draft, and was glued to it much of this past weekend, not only following the picks of my team (the Browns) but the picks of key athletes around the league. Many of the picks were no-brainers. Some, however, were head-scratchers. Everyone will have their own list of questionable picks, but I found myself wondering about two in particular. First, of course, it was no surprise that the Washington Redskins took Robert Griffin III, quarterback from Baylor, with the second overall pick in the draft. After all, they had traded up from their original draft position for that very purpose. What was a surprise was when they used their fourth-round pick on MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins, a highly rated signal caller in his own right. Then, Indianapolis, who had kicked off the draft by taking can’t-miss QB Andrew Luck (Stanford) with the first overall pick, took quarterback Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois as the last overall pick in the draft. It certainly got some interesting discussion underway as both teams, who had secured the best quarterbacks in the draft, took another quarterback anyway. It was, to say the least, hard to figure.
Life is filled with surprises. Some of them are just plain mysterious and others are downright confusing. The difference is this—NFL general managers and coaches don’t know how the future is going to work out. But for the follower of Christ, we can be confident that our God does know the rest of the story. Perfectly. That is why we can trust Him with the whys and what-ifs of life. He knows how the final results will ultimately play out, as we see in Isaiah: “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’ ” (46:10 NKJV).
That is what gives us hope and confidence. Our God not only knows the end of the story, but we can trust that He will accomplish all His good purposes along the way. And because the God who declares this is the One who loved us so much that He was willing to send His Son to die for us, we can be sure that those purposes really are good—not just for the moment of mystery we may be experiencing, but for all of eternity. He loves us that much.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain