Does God care who wins the big game?
[Steve Myers] Here we are just before the Super Bowl, and I was reading an article about it that said one hundred million people will watch the Super Bowl around the world. This is an amazing event, and previous to the event itself there was a survey that was recently done, and it was done by the Public Religion Research Institute. And they were asking people about sporting events and God. So I titled this, "God and the Super Bowl". You know what they found? I was really surprised that almost 40% of the people they polled believed that God plays a role in the outcome of a sporting event. So in other words, God's got a favorite team in the Super Bowl and He cares about who wins. And 40% of people almost believe that. Well, do you believe that?
Does the Bible say anything about what God thinks about the Super Bowl teams?
I don't think God cares about who wins this game, but the Bible points out a couple of very interesting things. God does, first of all, God does care. But does He care about the winner of the Super Bowl? Here's what He does. He does care. In fact, if you look at 1 Peter 5:7 1 Peter 5:7Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.
American King James Version×it says we're to cast our cares on Him, our concerns, our worries. Why? Because He does care for us.
Does He care how we perform in a game that lasts for just an hour or two? Or does He care about how we perform in life?
You see, God I think is much more concerned about that. God cares more about character than He cares about winning a game. Philippians 2 tells us that He cares about the fact of who we are and what we think, the kind of person we are, that we're supposed to strive to be like Christ (Philippians 2:1-5 Philippians 2:1-5  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
American King James Version×). We should care about who we are, and God does care about that.
And in fact, He also cares about us caring about Him. And so He wants us to care for Him. He cares for us, and we're to care for Him. He tells us very plainly John 10:14 John 10:14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
American King James Version×He says, "I am the good Shepherd, and I am known by My own."
Well, do we care about God? Or maybe we know more about the game, the players, and the defense and what kind of passes they're going to try, and we know more about that than we know about our awesome Creator.
Well, God says let's change our focus. Don't be so concerned about a single sporting event, but let's be concerned about who we are and who our awesome God is.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.