Whatever you think of Coach Saban and Alabama, last year, it was a gutsy call in the second half of the National Championship to bring in a freshman quarterback and let him do his thing. Jalen Hurts, the benched first stringer, didn’t mope on the bench. He stood cheering and encouraging his Hawaiian teammate, Tua Tagovailoa. After getting sacked in overtime, the true freshman looked off Georgia’s safety and rifled the ball to DeVota Smith, another freshman who hadn’t caught a pass all night; 41 yards into the end zone, and Coach Saban was tied with Bear Bryant with six national championships.
When Maria Taylor, the ESPN analyst, interviewed Tua after the game, his first response was, “First and foremost, I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with him all things are possible. It was a team effort.” He might be young, but he already knows that reverence for the Lord, humility, and giving credit to others are still the marks of effective leadership.
The kings and leaders in Hosea’s day were not nearly as wise as this nineteen-year-old. Instead, they were arrogant, immoral liars who broke promises and worshiped idols and sex, and Hosea describes the results:
“Indeed, then they will say, ‘We have no king because we did not reverence the LORD, and even if we had a king, what could he do for us?’ They speak words, worthless oaths and false covenants; and legal disputes sprout like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.” Hosea 10:3-4
Hosea began his book promising that there would be a day when Israel and Judah would unite and appoint one leader, the right leader, a Son of David (3.5) and there would be safety and prosperity (1:11). But before this day the kings in Hosea’s time would be destroyed (1:4) and face many days without a king, without rulers, and without any true worship (cf. 1:4. 3:4).
In his judgment sections Hosea warns that instead of appealing to God, their true king, they appealed to the king of Assyria (5:13). Because of this treason against their true king, they would be torn to pieces, like a lion tearing its prey (5:14). The royal house of Samaria would be swept away by internal plots, drenched in intoxication, sex and lies (5:1, 7:3-7). Seeing Israel’s self-appointed leaders fall, foreigners, like the Egyptians, would mock Israel as they see its destruction (7:16, 8:4, 10:4). Why did all this happen? Because the rulers in Samaria talked a lot, made a lot of promises, and made international treaties, but it was all smoke and mirrors (10:4). When the government collapsed, all that was left were lawsuits and anarchy (10:3-4).
LORD, keep this young quarterback humble and dependent on you. Use his open testimony as you have used the testimonies of quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Hall of Famer, Kurt Warner. Help me today to reverence you, depend upon you, and give credit to others, not focusing on myself.
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