You’ve Gotta’ Believe!

USAvPortugal in World Cup

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. Ecclesiastes 9:11, New Living Translation

I’m watching the USA / Portugal World Cup Match and the US is down 1 Nil early in the 1st half. The US made a bad mistake, didn’t clear the ball, and Portugal got a cheap goal to take an early lead. I’m not a soccer, I mean “Football” fan, but I am a sports fan. And I know, or at least I think I know sports.

I know that time of possession is big in any sport, and in this match, the US is having trouble holding onto the ball. That one will preach. I also know that the US was being passive, and not aggressive, and I know that the facts figured against the US, as they’ve lost every match when they fall behind early. But you’ve gotta’ believe.

I know that “the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong . . . but time and chance happeneth to them all.” After a slow start, the US has had numerous shots on goal, some going wide, some going high, and some falling short of the goal. But the way they’re playing now, by pressing and pushing and persisting, I believe. I believe that the US CAN win. However, it’s another thing altogether to believe that the US is GOING to win.

I don’t believe in chance, I believe in Providence. No, God does not choose sides in sports, but I do believe that thing called faith figures formidably in the outcome of games and looms large in consequence of contests. The New Living Versions may say it best: “it’s all decided by being in the right place at the right time.”

So you gotta’ believe. It’s a wonder to me that more people don’t believe in God, especially those who are waving those “WE BELIEVE” signs at this match and at games and contests the world over. It’s about who wants it more. That’s what I believe. And to want it more you have to believe.

I’ve come to know that the theistic arguments for the existence of God give us the noun “Faith.” The noun or “thing” of faith includes “the fact of God, the meaning of God, and the purpose of God.” These three combine to form the crux of the theistic argument for the existence of God, and give faith, the noun, a reason to become faith, the verb. Thus the noun, or “thing” of faith, while in contrast to the verb or “Act of faith,” in order to be active and activated, must be combined with this “Act” of faith in order to be realized and real.

So do you believe? In the ability for the USA to win and advance? In the ability of God to work common and every day miracles, and uncommon and extraordinary wonders in your life? Win or lose, come what may, you’ve gotta’ believe.

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