I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick! -Richard Sherman
This post-game interview and soundbyte will go down in sports reporting infamy! Reeling from the play that sent his team to Super Bowl XLVIII (48), Richard Sherman offered this retort to Michael Crabtree's lack of sportsmanship following the game ending play. Today, Sherman and his Seattle Seahawk team mates will play in Super Bowl XLVIII against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Richard Sherman would rather not be your headline heading into this year's Super Bowl; but he has rather reluctantly, 'stepped up to the mic'! The world is listening now that one of the game's most thorough trash talkers has spoken. He has even had a matchup offer for todays' Super Bowl.
Comparisons ranged from a thug to boxing great Muhammad Ali. While people kept talking, Sherman hushed. Suddenly, one of the mouthiest corners in the game, was involuntary in the arena of interjection. Sherman has since apologised for the outburst, but his belief in his game preparation and extensive film study make him undeniably one of the hardest targets on a football field.
In the midst of all the hoopla and regressive rhetoric that gripped the country via social media and biased sports writers, something grabbed this examiner's attention...
What if believers were as confident as Richard Sherman???
No, really...! What if believers walked around with as much confidence in Christ as Richard Sherman has in his skill on the football field?
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14
Have another look at Sherman's post, then read Paul's words to the Corinthian church. Sherman 'runs his mouth' and 'shuts' it for receivers. He studies the game and is one of the most cerebral defensive backs in professional football in spite of his physical stature. His game changing play making ability has drawn comparisons to the likes of Darelle Revis and Hall of Famer Deion "Primetime" Sanders. Great players come and go in professional sports but Paul's centuries old words are still here for all believers.
Paul's words pointed to Christ's 'clutch' performance and ability to 'come through'. In 1 Corinthians 15:57 Paul says this:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
...which led to the concluding verse of the chapter:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58
For any believer struggling in any area of life,remember we're all a 'work in progress'.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ...Philippians 1:6
As believers, the bible offers a plethora of reasons to be confident in Christ. Unlike the boastful bellows of world class athletes, our confidence is in Christ alone. Hebrews 10:35 tells believers not to cast away their confidence in Christ.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:35-39
Hit the books...
Life has its own share of unique challenges, however believers can be confident that there is VICTORY IN CHRIST! Many believers find themselves defeated today because of their refusal to study the word! You won't walk the walk, if you can't talk the talk! When you speak, speak the word of God!
...but He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4, (referencing Deutoronomy 8:3)
All scripture references taken from the King James Version.
I've got confidence, God is gonna see me through! No matter what the case may be, I know He's gonna fix it for me!
-Andrae' Crouch (I've Got Confidence)