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The quarterback I hope the Cowboys draft: How to trust God’s faithfulness today

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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The quarterback I hope the Cowboys draft: How to trust God's faithfulness today
North Texas quarterback Mason Fine throws a pass against Rice during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov 23, 2019, in Houston, TX.

I have now discovered the college quarterback I am hoping the Dallas Cowboys draft next week.

Even though my hometown team is set with Dak Prescott, if he is injured, the entire season could be wrecked if a capable backup is not ready.

My pick would not be Heisman winner Joe Burrow, the phenomenally talented Tua Tagovailoa, or the highly regarded Justin Herbert. I would pick Mason Fine from the University of North Texas.

Why would I sign a quarterback who may not even be drafted and who stands 5’10”?

Because what he has done is such a good predictor of what he will do. And what he has done is nothing short of amazing.

Fine started studying the position in elementary school. A quarterback camp the summer before he began the sixth grade taught him the basics of throwing a football. His family didn’t have the money to hire a quarterback coach or personal trainer, so his father, who had never played football, worked out with him incessantly.

He set all kinds of records in high school, then became Conference USA’s offensive player of the year twice in college. Now he’s ready to take his game to the pros.

He explains: “My height was a concern in high school and in college. Obviously it’s now a different level with better competition but, humbly, it hasn’t stopped me yet.”

Why remembering the past empowers the present

We are watching retired doctors and nurses return to the healthcare frontlines to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of military retirees who served in healthcare and related fields are also joining the battle.

Remembering the past is a powerful way to find hope and strength for the present, a fact that extends to our spiritual lives as well.

In a recent First15 devotional, Craig Denison asked: “Why is trust so difficult? Why do we have a hard time placing the burden of provision, well-being, and guidance in the capable hands of our heavenly Father?”

His response is one we need to hear today: “In order to begin a lifestyle of trust in areas in which we have taken control for ourselves, we must begin by asking God for a fresh revelation of his character and faithfulness. We must see God for who he is, reflect on his faithfulness as demonstrated in Scripture, in the lives of other believers, and in our own lives, and allow these revelations to transform our hearts’ desires and bear the fruit of trust.”

All God has ever done, he can still do

Here’s how Craig encourages us to receive such a “fresh revelation”: “Spend time meditating on the character and past faithfulness of your heavenly Father and place your trust in him in response to his trustworthiness.”

Remember when he forgave sin in the past, then trust him to forgive you today. Remember when he led you through difficult decisions and problems, then trust him to lead you today. Remember when he healed you and trust him to heal you today. Remember when he protected you and provided for you and trust him to do so now.

On the basis of what he has done, trust him for what he will do. Craig’s call will then be your experience: “Place your hope and trust in God and follow him as he leads you to a life of victory and freedom.”

Our Father is unchanging (Malachi 3:6). His love is everlasting and unconditional (1 John 4:16). All he has ever done, he can still do.

Why do you need to trust his past and present faithfulness today?