A week ago, Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course the real story was how the chosen one threw 316 yards, averaging 31.6 yards per completion, on a televised game with a rating of 31.6, an eerily obvious allusion to the area code of Wichita. And some are also seeing something of a connection between those numbers and John 3:16, a verse that Tebow wore on his face in his final game with the Florida Gators.
I’ve never really understood why people have felt the need to have such a strong opinion (whether positive or negative) about Tim Tebow. It’s almost as confusing to me as why the Kardashians are famous (something I’ve Googled and still don’t have a clear answer on). Some look at his 316 stats above and feel like it was God’s blessing on him. The skeptical see the stats as nothing more than coincidence. I’m of the mind that those stats are actually really amazing. Why?
Because “coincidence” or not, those stats put “John 3:16” at the top of all Google and Yahoo! searches for a time. That means that the number one search on both search engines yielded this: “‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who put up an ad on Google to appear when people searched for the verse, reports that 8,000 people clicked on peacewithgod.net. And they are also reporting 150 people placing faith in Christ as a result of reaching the site.
Are Tebow’s stats proof that God’s hand is on him to bless him and the Broncos with Super Bowl rings and a Hallmark channel original movie about the 2011-2012 season that almost certainly would have followed? Well, in the words of Isaiah, “it was the will of the LORD to crush” the Broncos in the Divisional round. So no. But if some “random” stats in one playoff game spread the most concise statement of the Gospel far and wide, leading to the eternal deliverance of at least 150 people, then you better believe God’s hand was directly responsible for every single one of those passing yards.
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”