The Super Bowl And God’s Sign To Us

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By:  Richard Gazowsky.

A week before the Super Bowl the Lord spoke through one of our young prophets
and said that He would give a sign to the Church through the Super Bowl by
having something unusual happen during the game. This prophecy caused me, as a
pastor in San Francisco and avid fan of the 49ers football team, to take the
Super Bowl into much prayer and discernment for what God’s message could
possibly be to us.  The morning of the game, Sunday, I went to church and the
Lord spoke to me to do a very simple prophetic act.  I had recently gone to the
bank and had gotten a check cashed.  Instead of depositing it I cashed it and
had the teller convert it into twenty-dollar bills.  I then placed the money
into my pocket, which I don’t normally do.  

On Sunday morning the Lord suddenly spoke to me and said, “Take the 20 dollar
bills that you have in your pocket and privately and them out to people in the
congregation.  Tell them that this will be a sign to them as they watch the
Super Bowl game.”  We conduct two services on Sunday, one at 9:00 a.m., and the
other at 11:00 a.m.  I ran out of the twenties somewhere in the middle of the
9:00 a.m. service.  Though I believed that God was going to do something special
that day, He hadn’t given me a clue about what it would be.

At 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the Super Bowl began and our family started
rooting for the 49ers.  But as we watched the game, to our despair, the 49ers
began losing at an alarming rate.  By the end of the first half it looked almost
impossible for them to ever catch up.  Immediately after the half-time break the
game started off with a record-setting kickoff return for a touchdown by the
opposing team.  It looked like the 49ers were certainly done for and there was
no way to climb out of this pit of defeat.  Then the most unusual event
occurred.

Suddenly the overhead lights went out across the whole Super Dome in New
Orleans.  The stadium lights use sodium vapor lamps, and because of their
protective technology they take about twenty minutes to reach full brightness
once they are turned off.  As a result of the blackout the game was stopped for
nearly 35 minutes. During this dramatic pause viewers saw shots of the players
of both teams.  Our family was amazed to see Kaepernick, the 49er quarterback,
looking relaxed, casual and joking with the other players ~ instead of his
former tense, stressful look during the first half.  It appeared that the period
of shutdown caused him to slow down in his spirit.  I then remembered the
earlier word that God had given us, “Less haste more speed.”

Suddenly I realized that this was the event that the Lord was focusing on for us
Christians to learn a most valuable lesson from.  The twenty-dollar bills I gave
away represented the twenty minutes that it would take the sodium vapor lights
to fully reignite.  But it also represented what would happen to the 49ers team
after the forced period of rest.  When the players came back onto the field they
started playing like the victorious team they are. Colin Kaepernick is a devout
Christian and is also a newcomer to the National Football League.  He was
starting only his tenth professional game ~ not even a full season.

As Kaepernick deftly played the game he led the 49ers towards what looked like
an incredible comeback victory march ~ gaining points on the scoreboard with
lightning speed.  But then, in the last seconds of the game with only a few
remaining points needed for a 49er victory, you could almost see that the
opposing team (the Ravens) realized the secret to defeating the 49ers.  They
only needed to cause confusion in the young quarterback’s mind through the
spirit of anxiousness ~ and the Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing”.

I believe the lesson that God is giving us is quite simple yet very profound.
Slow down if you are going to make any important decisions this year.  It is in
the simple process of deciding what “play” you are about to make that is going
to be the key to your lasting success.  I have learned in my own life to measure
the peace that is in my own spirit.  Then I know if I am in a position to hear
from God to make the right decision.  If that level of peace is not there then I
know it is time to “turn off the lights,” spend some time in quietness with the
Lord, and then come back to the game of life and face my opponents.  I feel this
is a lesson that many of us will keep for the rest of our lives.

God bless you.

Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”

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