God’s Team Wins!
According to a recent poll, 27% of Americans believe that God “plays a role determining which [sporting] team wins.” Further, over half of Americans believe that “God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success.” This may be why Ray Lewis, a Ravens linebacker, said after a victory en route to the Super Bowl, “God doesn’t make mistakes,” implying the win was from God.
I love that people look for ways to see God present in all of life as a source of help and hope. God does make a difference in our lives through our faith! But I become concerned when faith becomes formulaic: faith in God equals victory and success. There are times when people of faith suffer. There are times when people of no faith succeed. It is part of the mystery of God and life.
If we truly want to see God in all of life, then we also need to seek God in difficult and dark moments—the times when God seems absent. Like the Psalmist, there are times we need to say, “I say to God, my rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me?’” (42:9). Faith doesn’t make these moments disappear. Faith gives us the courage to face difficult times with honesty, trusting God will meet us there.