Confidence releases what fear locks down.
READ: Psalm 139:13-18
Celtic manager Jock Stein once joked, “There should be a law against him. He knows what’s happening 20 minutes before everyone else!”
He was referring to Bobby Moore, England’s captain, legendary defender, and the first Englishman to lift the World Cup in 1966. Although not endowed with blazing speed, his ability to read the game more than compensated for his lack of pace. Cool and calculating, he was seldom caught out and was always in the right place at the right time.
How we wish we could read life like Moore did with a football match, anticipating every development and accurately timing our measured response! Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we cannot know for sure what tomorrow brings. And even when some of our predictions come true, our response may not always be wise.
As a result, anxiety overwhelms us, especially when much of our life has been dogged by struggles. That is why God’s comforting assurance can mean so much to those in despair: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
What a wonderful promise! We can surely trust in the One who has perfect knowledge of our future and whose plan for us is always good.
How many times did Scotland appear in the World Cup finals? How many South American countries have won the World Cup?
that the first radio broadcast of the FIFA World Cup aired in 1938? However, due to frequent transmission breakdowns, the game could not be followed entirely.