#1 Virginia defeated by #10 Syracuse and ousted from "The Tourney"
There has been a much heated debate in the sporting world whether God cares who wins?
It reared its ugly head in January, 2015 when Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers reportedly disagreed on the subject. But what's the answer - does God care who wins?
YES - God cares! But not like we do. God cares perfectly - in an intrinsically more complex way than any human ever could. Where do I get that?
- Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Believe it or not - Losing IS the best possible outcome for you when you LOSE. Yes, regardless if you are a player, coach, or fan - and whether it's the Super Bowl, the NCAA Championship, or a "trivial" game of Yahtzee - there is purpose in your losing.
Check out later in Isaiah 55:11 in regard to God's word (loosely used as anything God determines to be)
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
So losing IS intentionally working, and as we will find, for our good (Rom 5:3-5, James 1:2-4). That is, if our goal lines up with God's desire for our life... Realizing our own lowliness, weakness, humility (Isaiah 6:5,1 Peter 5:6), Recognizing God's holiness, power, kingship and Indulging in knowing and treasuring Christ above all else (Phil3:8).
Finally, in hopes of brevity - take council from God's response from Job - an expert in losing. His temper reached a boiling point after his massively devastating loss of wealth, his dear children, and his own health - Our tempers boil when we lose a game of scrabble.
And God responds - Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (Read Job 38-41 for more)
So upon losing, as David did upon the news of the death of his son in 2 Samuel 12:20-23, let's understand it's over, worship God, and move on. Better yet - let's seize losing and allow it to do a perfecting work in us to face who we are, look upon the beauty of God, and trust in Christ. Besides, the greatest victory has already taken place at the cross of Christ almost two thousand years ago. The resurrection which we celebrate today - Easter - declares His victory once and for all - Rejoice!
Thank you Coach Bennett (UVA Head Basketball Coach) who summarized his council to the players as. "Weeping may endure for the night... but joy comes in the morning." (paraphrase of Psalm 30)
We are so thankful for God's positioning of this man in the lives of the basketball players at UVA and can't wait to serve the athletes of the University along side of him.
Whatever comes your way - it is for our good to glorify and enjoy God.