Clearly, It’s Not Just A Game


The bigger they are, the harder they fall.  If you didn’t watch the Alabama/Auburn game, you missed the greatest winning play in college football history. Period.  If you don’t believe in miracles, and you didn’t watch Iron Bowl 2013, you should watch the replay of the last 0.01 of the game. That’s all you’ll need. One second. You’ll be glad you did. The Auburn announcer’s play-by-play call of the last play has become an instant classic. 

Auburn pulled off an incredible, improbable, almost implausible, 34-28 upset win over previously No.1 and undefeated Alabama.  The Auburn Tigers scored 13 points in 32 seconds, and scored the winning touchdown with one second on the clock.  That’s right, the clock read 0.01 when, in a season of miracles for the Tigers, Chris Davis ran 109 yards and a failed field goal attempt turned into the return of ages.  This effort, this stunning play, was what it took to dethrone hated in-state rival Alabama.  There has never been – and may never be – a bigger miracle than this one.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Alabama lost in the worst way. They may have been the better team on paper, but they didn’t prove it on the field. They lost when, by all accounts, they should have won.  Sounds like some of us. We lose when we make silly bloopers and foolish blunders; we make errors of judgment and have lapses in discernment that lead us to arrogantly think we are entitled to victory.   

Alabama lost because they slipped and slumped their way into sloppy play. The punishment for penalties, poor coaching, missed tackles, dropped passes and missed field goals was a brutal loss.  The stakes were high and the margin of error was thin. It’s hard to recover from a host of missed opportunities, especially when you walk in pride and presumption. 

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). A force stronger than gravity brings men down – pride! Solomon gave an axiom here that all men should memorize and consider every day. Getting arrogant or puffed up about anything is a sure way to end up flat on your face.

And so, clearly, it’s not just a game. After watching Auburn win, and watching HOW Auburn won, you must conclude that it’s not just a game. It’s not. There is something “spiritual” about an upset victory, especially one that is unexpected and inexplicable; and certainly one that comes against an arrogant, audacious and overconfident foe. 

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That’s exactly what the saints are up against.  We are up against a pride-filled Lucifer who was kicked out of heaven, only to make more room for the modest, the meek and the mild. Jesus said that “the meek shall inherit the earth.” And heaven too.   

Clearly, it’s not just a game.

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