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Tim Tebow vs. Goliath

Posted Friday, December 2, 2011, at 12:15 PM

"Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel."

(1 Samuel 17:45-46)

David was the youngest of all his brothers and at first glance, he didn't appear to be the handsomest or the strongest. However, he had something that no other warrior had ... God on his side. Goliath was such a threatening enemy that no Israelite dare to come up against the Philistine ... except for David.

He was but a mere shepherd boy who accepted the challenge of the nine-foot tall giant, knowing that God was on his team. David understood that no sword, spear, or talent could accomplish what God could. The success of David was not his own. God was the source of all of David's accomplishments.

The King of the Israelites, King Saul, was often known to be a mighty warrior in battle, however, he too shrinked back in fear. Saul forfeited an opportunity to achieve victory because he was relying on himself instead of relying on God.

When we gather around the table, discussing the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL, Tim Tebow isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind. In fact, he daily combats the "Goliaths" of his life, enduring a barrage of criticisms from every angle, especially from ESPN analysts. However, he does not shrink back in fear from his faith or from his God. He knows that in order to achieve victory, he has to rely on God.

You can often see Tebow acknowledging God by an upward point of his finger to the Heavens, scriptures written on his eye black for games, or by his conversations with the media. There is finally a man who is a public figure that is not ashamed of the Gospel, no matter what the cost.

Few can deny that the Denver Bronco's quarterback at the very least, has charisma and the heart of a champion. Many will see the faith and the unexplainable, miraculous wins of this young man and much like David, "all the earth will know that surely there is a God".

As Christians, we should not to be ashamed of the Gospel but we must recognize and share with others where our successes and accomplishments come from. When God is on our side, we should have the boldness to fight the Goliaths in our life although it may not be popular and we may receive many harsh criticisms. God will prove himself faithful, fight the giants for us, and surely many will know that the Lord God Almighty is on our team.

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .



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