Friday, January 13, 2012

Coincidence or Divine?

I don't believe in coincidence. I honestly believe that everything in this life happens for a reason. A divine reason. God is not a God of chaos; he is a God who creates order out of chaos.

A question that many seem to be asking a lot recently is whether or not God cares about football. I don't think God cares who wins and who loses any football game. But he does care about his people who are playing in that game. And many that play recognize him and give him the glory.

You probably wonder w here I'm going from here. Actually, you probably know exactly where I'm going.

The most popular verse in the bible (at least the verse that's been searched the most on google in the last week) is John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that whoever would believe in him would not die but have eternal life." Incredible verse. Its also Tim Tebow's (My favorite athlete) favorite verse.

On January 8, 2008, Tim Tebow wore that verse on his eyeblack in the National Championship game and sent millions to google to look it up. January 8, 2011 (last Sunday), exactly three years to that day, something even more incredible happened involving Tim. I don't know how many of my readers are into football or sports, but Tim Tebow shocked the world when he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on an 80 yard pass. That wasn't supposed to happen. That game-winning pass pushed him to 316 yards for the night. That's ironic. Also, throughout the week, the entire sports world was going nuts because Tim's boss who happens to be named John urged Tim multiple times to "pull the trigger." John, 316 yards, John 3:16. Crazy. But that's not all. It gets way more ridiculous.

He had ten completions so he averaged 31.6 yards per completion.

In the second quarter, the Steelers threw an interception that the Broncos converted into a crucial field goal making it 17-6. The play was on a third-and-16.

The Steelers held the ball through the game for a total of 31 minutes and yes, 6 seconds.

The last one is probably the most ridiculous. The TV ratings for CBS' final quarter-hour overnight ratings were exactly 31.6.

What do you do with that? Is there a message being hinted here? I don't know. Does God work like that? I'm just going to say "probably."

I respect Tim Tebow a lot. Not just because he plays for my favorite team, the Broncos, but because he is an outstanding role-model and an outspoken man of God. Without fail and without skipping a beat, the dude gives all of the glory to Jesus after every game, win or lose. I am not afraid to say that I think God has blessed Tim Tebow.

But maybe this, these stats, are a special message to the world? The world is responding.

This is a link to an article written by Adam Schefter who talks about these stats. I encourage you to at least read the beginning of it. I should say that I did get some of these stats from this article.

Here's another incredible article about the man Tim Tebow written by the best sports writer in the country, Rick Reilly.

Read them both, let me know what you think.

Is God using these silly football stats to speak to the world? I guess Tim just needs to keep "pulling the trigger."

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