Upon Further Review

Did you watch the Super Bowl this year? An estimated audience of 111.9 million tuned in to view what turned out to be a highly defensive and therefore less filled with spectacular highlights than most of the contests in recent memory. But as the final seconds ticked away, the final jewel in Peyton Manning’s storied career was cemented in place.

The game of football has seen a lot of changes over the years since the Packers and Chiefs squared off against each other in the first ever Super Bowl way back in 1967. Most of the changes have been beneficial, bringing radical improvements in safety, equipment, eligibility, sports medicine and of course, rules. One of the most impacting changes made to the game did not directly affect how the game itself is played.  Rather it affects how the game is seen by fans and how penalties are enforced by the instant replay booth. While I’m constantly amazed at how well most of the officials manage to make good calls, there are some judgments made on the field that are changed when what really happened is slowed down and subjected to further review.

Sometimes I think it’d help believers a lot to have an instant replay booth as well. It’s all too easy to for us to make instant assessments of the events of our lives without ever getting a proper look at what really occurred. How many times do we want to signal for a time-out to argue a call with God when hardship, difficulty or pain block progress toward our goal? The vantage point we have from down on the field leaves us certain that the delay of our “game” can only be due to the interference of some unseen opponent.

But the truth is that if we had the ability to ‘further review’ our situation and see it from God’s angle, we would probably realize that what looks like foul play is not beyond the watchful protective gaze of … not a detached referee… but of our loving, concerned Heavenly Father.

God promises us that there is purpose behind every disappointment if for no other reason than what it does within us. As the coaching from the Apostle Peter reminds us, our response to what may seem like penalties actually proves the genuineness of our faith. (1 Peter 1:6-7) So, before you throw the challenge flag when the play doesn’t go the way you want, remember that when all the supports are knocked out from under your life and you have only God left, that’s when you discover what you really believe. It’s often in the final push to the break through that line of adversity that impurity and compromise are subdued, revealing a rich and abiding faith that will be more rewarding and enduring than any earthly victory.

14 thoughts on “Upon Further Review

    1. I think if we can learn to trust that there are unseen things that God is working for our good, then we’d always do better with processing disappointment and heartache. It’ll never be easy, but at least we could find solace in His hidden movements. Thanks for joining in the conversations, Lori!

  1. Loved this! I love the thought of having an instant reply and highlight reel…. oh how I could use that at times in life for perspective! #livefreeThursday

  2. Having an instant replay booth would be wonderful and scary at the same time :). I love this: “God promises us that there is purpose behind every disappointment if for no other reason than what it does within us.” Sometimes difficulties come only to make us grow internally which is so incredibly important. It may not be pleasant at the time or even as we “replay” it in our minds, but it’s almost always much needed.

  3. I love the football analogy! I’m with you, I wish there was an “instant replay booth” that would show up close what really happened. But honestly that’s probably part of my problem! I get caught up in the details of what happened, and it usually ends up in accusation to the other side of what they could have done differently. Inviting God into these situations always tends to help me see the other side. Thanks for sharing at Word Filled Wednesday!

  4. What a great analogy. I do sometimes wish I could replay parts of my life to get a better feel for what happened. Sometimes we are so narrow minded and we can only ever see what’s right in our path. We don’t see the whole picture like God does. I’m glad He sees and He watches out for us.

  5. What a great parallel between the big game Sunday and the Word : ) We are so quick to cry foul when something is done to us aren’t we? And so quick to turn a blind eye when we’ve committed the infraction. And just like the players, we all benefit from the daily practices of getting into the Word- because knowing it is the only thing that will allow us to play our game well. Happy to be your neighbor at Holley’s today! ♥

    1. Hey Heather! I like your reminder of the importance of daily practice in the Word to help us play well on the field! Excellent elaboration of the point!

  6. hi karen, nice to meet you. i tho’t i was all posted yesterday and discovered i had a photo problem and it never went through:( glad i got to meet you. i’m your next door neighbor:)

    i love this post! another point i’d like to add is that i’m now at the age that i’ve actually seen the wisdom and love of His actions:) without the further review. i’ll soon be 70. most of can be thankful our first boyfriends did not become our husbands for sure! but often the painful “no’s” over the years have also b/c places i now can say, “what a relief! you saved us from a lot of misery!” or even “thank you for what i learned from that painful “no.”

    i love the creative way you set this great truth.much more storied and interesting than just a preachy list of bible verses. thanks:) a lot more effective too!

    1. Thanks Martha! I can say AMEN to what you said here. All of us can look back over our lives and see how God’s “interference” actually was the pivotal point making us successful in the game of our life! thanks

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