Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday, the columniation of the 2013 NFL season. The 2013 playoffs started with an absolute classic, as the Chiefs and the Colts delivered one of the most exciting games in NFL history. Indianapolis erased a 28-point deficit and turned what appeared to be a Kansas City rout, into the second largest comeback in the history of the NFL postseason.
While a comeback usually features a series of mistakes and a ton of good fortune, a comeback also involves faith. If you are on the side that is losing, you have the faith that your team will indeed comeback. If you are on the side that is winning, you might lose faith in the midst of being the object of the comeback.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
However, for the comeback to happen, we must have more than faith; we have to have works. For as scriptures tells us in James 2:17 “….faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Work is Action
At best, works can be defined as action. God wants our faith to be backed up by action, and action requires us to get off the bench and get onto the field where the action is taking place. Just like the Colts in that playoff game, there will be times when we will be down and in need of a comeback. Perhaps we will be down because of:
- · A difficult marriage.
- · Loss of a job.
- · A health condition.
- · A wayward child.
- · A dream deferred.
- · A missed opportunity.
The Action of Faith – Robert Mathis, Linebacker
A comeback is possible only when we add action to our faith. The Colts could not stop the Kansas City Chiefs through the first 33 minutes of the AFC divisional playoff game. Then faith and action entwined. The Chiefs had the ball on second-and-6 at their own 46-yard line early in the third quarter. Linebacker Robert Mathis sacked the Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith, causing a fumble, which was recovered by the Colts. Six plays later, Indianapolis scored that one action by Mathis. The sack, strip, and fumble represented the “work” that was required by faith, igniting the flame of the 28-point comeback.
The Action of Faith – Abraham, Friend of God
Action, the work of our faith, provides the trust needed for the comeback. Abraham obeyed God and offered his dearly beloved son Isaac on the alter, as a sacrifice. Abraham put his faith in action, leading Isaac up the hill to his death. However, it was Abraham’s trust in the God’s ability to power a comeback for both him and Isaac that made the difference. Abraham’s trust is illustrated in this passage from Genesis 22: 4-5:
Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. Abraham told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Genesis 22: 4-5 (The Message)
Abraham’s faith that God would spare Isaac’s life was revealed when he told the servants that both he and Isaac would be back from the place designated for the sacrifice. Abraham’s trust was rooted in faith that his work, being obedient to God’s commands, would produce a comeback.
The Essence of the Comeback
Enjoy the splendor of the Super Bowl this evening, knowing that for the team that is behind, a comeback is just a play a way. Enjoy the grandeur of the Super Bowl this evening, basking in the knowledge that God is the king of the comeback. He is willing and able to engineer a comeback for you and me as long as we have:
– Faith that God is all powerful, and it is through his might that we can comeback from anything.
– Work, for our faith is dead without works.
– Trust, because when we believe in the Lord and His promises, all things are possible.
The chance of experiencing a comeback is ever present because we have faith in the power of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.