NFL star Demario Davis invokes Bible, says 'all things work together for good' amid coronavirus pandemic
The New Orleans Saints linebacker, known for his staunch Christian views, also encouraged all Americans to be thankful for what they have in these trying times
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis has a message of hope for everyone amid the coronavirus pandemic and insisted that "all things work together for good."
Davis, 31, known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, recently spoke for a new episode of Fox Nation's 'Bible Study: Messages of Hope,' and reiterated a message of perseverance and faith that he said would get humanity through the outbreak.
"Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it," he shared. "This is totally unexpected and a time like no other... frankly, everybody is ready for it to be over, we can just be hopeful and know that we're going make it to the other side.
Davis went on to bring up Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." and said it fit the situation today even though it may not seem like it.
"The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good for those called according to his purpose," he said. "It doesn't say that all things will be good, but all things work together for good."
"We don't know what good will come out on the other side. But we know that all things work together for good..." he continued. "This situation shows us how very much not in control we are, but God is always in control and he has a plan."
The 31-year-old also encouraged all Americans to be thankful for what they have in these trying times and make the best out of it.
"While things are going slow, just look around you and see there's so much that you can be grateful for," the linebacker urged. "Having a roof over your head. Having food to eat. Having loved ones around you. This has slowed us down a lot and don't take that for granted.
Davis had made national headlines last September after he was fined by the NFL for a uniform violation for wearing a headband that had "Man of God" written across it.
He accepted his fault in the act but appealed the$7,000 fine. He also simultaneously sold "Man of God" and "Woman of God" headbands that were proving to be very popular with fans, pledging 100 percent of proceeds to the St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Missouri.
He raised $120,000 for the hospital and told Fox Nation, "This is amazing, it just shows you the power of God. You know, I would have never thought this whole movement would have happened — and it's not just here in New Orleans. It's been national."
"It went from something that was going to cost me $7,000 now went in favor of good, $120,000 and we just took that fine that we were planning on paying to the league and donated it to the cause," he added.
Buckling to public pressure, the NFL eventually reversed the fine. In typical fashion, Davis said he did not hold any grudge towards the league and said he just wanted to "glorify God" in everything he does.