We are part of a great American football game of life and there is an opposing side. Each of us has his/her own team serving as quarterback. In present American football, the quarterback does not really call the plays now; he executes them. His helmet is hard-wired to the offensive coach, who is watching the game closely, but not playing, and who talks to the quarterback continually as he executes the plays with team support. The quarterback must be able to hear and to see, and based on both sight and sound to read into the near future and perceive. God is our offensive coach. He is watching the game and has instructions that we can receive. We must hear and see/read at the same time. We are hard-wired to listen if we choose. God uses anatomy and physiology to enable us, but except the anatomy goes into action through execution, nothing will happen, which is why quarterbacks come and go. Tom Brady, by the way, has now transferred out of the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What are we do then? We must select what we see, and choose our offensive coach carefully. Not all games are worth seeing. “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things….keep my eyes awake through the night watches (Psalm 119:148); I once was blind but now I see…I keep my eyes always on the Lord for with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken…I will lift up my eyes, for my help comes from God (Psalm 121); I will set my eyes before no vile thing (Psalm 101), for eyes have not seen and ears have not heard (1 Cor 2:9); open my eyes that I may see wondrous things (Ps 119:18).
We can only execute what we have heard. It is not enough to execute without hearing and perceiving. In fact, having gotten into the custom of listening and hearing and seeing, one forms a pattern and begins to be able to perceive and look ahead. Leadership gives rise to competitive strategy so having listened to the offensive coach we can then develop in-strategies to determine what play the opposing side might consider. Leadership consists of proactive looking ahead, rather than merely reactions to the plays of the opposing team, for by that time, the game has passed by.
What about it today? Let’s keep listening to the offensive coach; keep reading the offensive coach manual. Help me Lord to perceive the wiles of the wicked one. It’s not the punch that matters, but the counterpunch.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord and with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psalm 119:18) for my eyes are always on the Lord (Psalm 25:15) and I have made a covenant with my eyes.