“Underdog”


The National Football League’s Playoffs are here, a time to see the best of American Football, as known in other parts of the world.  On Sunday, January 17, there was a very interesting game, the great team with a great record and perhaps one of the best quarterbacks in the league, the New England Patriots played a team from New York, which does not have a great winning history, the Jets.  The Jets took the field under the leadership of a young man who has only been a professional quarterback for two years.  The New England Patriots were so confident that even though, they won the coin toss up, they decided to kick the ball to the Jets to put pressure on the young quarterback right away.

Very few people gave the Jets a chance for this match, even here in New York. The last time both teams had played the Jets were embarrassed on the field losing the game 45 to 3, besides the game would take place in Massachusetts, away from the New York home fans and right in front of about 70,000 very excited Patriots Fans.  The Jets were certainly, no matter how you looked at it, the underdog.  Here at our home, except for Jose III, my oldest son, who recently announced he is a Jets fan and requested that we purchase a Jets jersey for him, the rest of the family likes the other New York team, the Giants, but since they did not make it to the playoffs we were rooting for the Jets. However, we were rooting from a distance.  With a very busy week ahead of us, Joanne and I worked throughout the game and hardly watched till the fourth quarter, it would be a Pats victory either way.  Great was my surprise when Joanne walked into our home office and said “Jets winning 28-21.”  My reply, “It’s not over yet.”  Joanne said, “Just a few moments left.”  Immediately, I went upstairs and was able to catch the final play, just as the sportscaster said “what a shocker…”  The Jets had won and cut the New England Patriots short of their final goal of winning the Superbowl.

Have you ever been an underdog? Have you experienced a time when all odds have been against you? Do you feel like the underdog right now? If this is your case, please read the following statement, found in the Bible:

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (I Corinthians 1:27)

The Bible is filled with underdog stories. David was the underdog when he faced Goliath, and as Saul persecuted him. Gideon and the three-hundred were the underdogs and so was Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in the Lion’s den, Esther in Susa, and the three young men in the fiery furnace. When you trust God, it is OK to be the underdog, because at the end of the day, it is always about God, His will for your life, and His power to help you overcome; and God is no underdog. Have courage. 

“Yeah, Pastor, all this sounds great but my life is embarrassing and I am so weak, I don’t think there is a glimpse of hope. I am the underdog of all underdogs.”  If you are going through that right now, you are right at the perfect point for God to work a miracle. It does not matter if you just lost 45 to 3, next time you’ll win 28 to 21. Have courage, you can still win the Superbowl!  

Prayer: God, I praise you because you are all-powerful and mighty.  It is refreshing to know that you love me and want to bless me, despite my embarrassing moments and weakness. Thanks for sticking up for Joseph, Gideon, Daniel, Esther; and more than anything, thanks for sticking up for me. AMEN. 

Jose