I recently returned from a road trip, driving home with my son, from College in Toronto, through the United States. One of our purposes in going through the Eastern US was to watch the Blue Jays (hopefully) defeat the Boston Red Sox at home in Fenway Park. The Jays took a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the 9th; however, after surrendering 2 runs and another base runner, with 2 out and the tying run on base the fans began calling for ‘Papi’ (Slugger David Ortiz). They chanted together, “We want Papi, we want Papi!” Manager John Farrell responded by sending Ortiz to the plate. The “Fenway faithful” erupted, with cheers, high-fives, and hopes all around, envisioning a walk-off win. Unfortunately for them, Papi struck out! It was instantaneous – the cheers turned to jeers, with one of the faithful sitting behind us calling for an immediate trade or retirement!
It was quickly evident that the Fenway Faithful were only faithful when they felt the players performance warranted it.
The events at the stadium that day reminded me that, thankfully, our faithful God does not treat His team like that.
Scripture reminds us that God is faithful at all times! It reminds us with promises such as:
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”ROMANS 5:8
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.PSALM 103:10
Truly God is faithful to us when we strike out, mess up, or even when we are not always faithful to Him.
Faithfulness is just one of the attributes of God that we will be exploring during our current sermon series “God is _____”.
We’d love for you to join us!
(PS – Obviously, the Jays won… making for a great road trip!)
Pastor Paul Perry