Monday Morning Quarterback

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1 (NLT)

I have been a fan of football (American football that is) since I was little. The speed and grace of the game captured me at first. Then, of course, there are the big hits. Don’t get me wrong, I never want to see any player injured. But, when two large, extremely fast men, collide at full speed, it’s kind of like witnessing the age-old question “What happens when an immovable object gets hit with an unstoppable force?” The answer: a big hit!

Of course, there is my fair share of trying to coach the game from my recliner. I’m talking to the players and coach about what they need to do, as if I’m an expert that they can actually hear. When they don’t do what I suggested, it’s a bit frustrating. Then comes Monday.

If you didn’t know, most NFL (that’s the National Football League) games take place on Sunday. So, there can be a lot of complaining by us fans on Monday morning. “If only the quarterback had done this, or the running back done that…” We critique all the mistakes which were made. This is commonly referred to as “Monday Morning Quarterbacking.” I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. We fans suddenly become experts.

I feel like I do a lot of this with God too. “If only God had done this, or the Holy Spirit done that…” I can easily second guess God’s intentions, planning, and execution in this world and in my life. Maybe you can relate?

The issue is that God’s wisdom, planning, execution, transcends anything we could ever imagine. I mean, God (Father, Son, and Spirit) are eternal – they’ve always existed. Additionally, they created us puny humans, yet we somehow feel as if the godhead doesn’t know enough to make proper decisions about how the universe runs.

This is why I love our verse today. It’s a reminder about who this Jesus really is. As the apostle John put it, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” A few verses later, John deciphers this a bit and declares that Jesus is the “Word.” He’s always been, and He always will be. So, when you feel like questioning if Jesus is on the right track with things, take a pause, humble yourself, and remember that He is eternally perfect. He’s got this.

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