ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote an article for a feature called “The QB Confidence Index,” in which he ranked the current quarterback situation for all 32 NFL teams.
He began his article by asking, “How confident are you in your team’s quarterback situation?” His list wasn’t just about the starting quarterback, but each team’s overall status at the position. The end result was the Patriots finishing first and the Jets ranking last.
While putting the index together, and determining how fans were feeling at the moment, Graziano also factored in these questions: “How confident are you that your starter can play all 16 games? How much longer can he play? How good do you feel about the backup if he has to play?”
This is a fun list to examine (especially this time of year) because we all know that the hope we have for our favorite team’s success is connected to the quarterback.
This QB Index got me thinking about our own lives and asking ourselves these questions: “How confident are we in our God?” How confident are we that God loves us and hears our prayers? How confident are we that God’s Word is true?”
The following verses should increase our confidence level:
Psalm 118:8 (ESV) gives us the promise, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
Galatians 6:9 (ESV) encourages us with these words: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
We can have the same confidence that Paul had when he wrote in Philippians 1:6 (ESV), “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
As we think about our confidence level in God, are we more like Patriots fans or Jets fans? Do we fully trust and believe that God is good and faithful and can do the impossible?
Even when God seems silent or we’re waiting on Him, we must continue to have confidence in Him and cling to Jeremiah 17:7 (ESV): “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”
Ultimately and simply, let’s hold onto the assurance found in 2 Corinthians 3:4 (ESV): “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.”
We know that God loves us and saved us, so we can have great confidence in the One we’re following because we know our “quarterback” won’t let us down.
I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know at times I doubt and lack confidence that You will work things out in my life. Please help me to trust You and Your Word, so that I can live with great confidence and remember how much You love me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.