Not exactly. Job bottomed out completely. If no NFL team picks up Tim Tebow this year I suspect either ESPN or the new FOX all-sports cable network will offer big dollars for his broadcast services. But clearly Tim Tebow wants to play football—more specifically, quarterback—in the NFL and that has been taken away from him. He and we, like Job, are being tested in the process.
Huh? What’s football have to do with anything about the Bible? A lot. Tim Tebow not only talks the Bible, like so many do, he actually walks it, like so few do. As someone who openly blogs and tweets about God, I have to be completely honest that even to me Tim Tebow’s pronouncements about Jesus Christ as his Savior can be disarming. They flow so naturally that you either question his sincerity or question your own.
Unlike so many athletes who point heavenly after scoring a touchdown in acknowledgment of God—or because it’s a cool fad—Tim Tebow praises the Lord in his actions (a knee and a prayer) and talk (after-game interview). If the NFL didn’t disallow it, you would see Tim Tebow wear the eye-black with his favorite Bible verses, as he did in college.
People get downright angry debating Tim Tebow’s ability, or lack thereof, to play quarterback in the NFL—significantly, more so than any other player. That’s because it’s not just the football, it’s Tim Tebow’s faith. Those who don’t have it get annoyed by it and those who say they have it realize inside they don’t—at least not on the same level as being able to profess that Jesus Christ is your Savior in front of millions.
Apparently, Tim Tebow has spent the offseason getting in the best shape of his life. He has lost weight and worked with quarterback coaches to change/improve his throwing mechanics. According to reports, the results are outstanding. So, will an NFL team take a look at an improved version of someone who has already proven himself as a winner in the league or look the other way because of what Tim Tebow brings in him?
It’s funny but we’re all more comfortable with bad boys who sleep around, have more cars than they can drive in a lifetime, and talk about themselves as near godly. Satan sure feels good about that because he loves negative role models for our children. All of us, especially many self-professed Christians, are more uneasy with the Tim Tebows of the world because they disarm us—as God did Job and does us. They make us reflect on ourselves, as God pushes us to do.
Think this is all about football? Think again. Sport just reflects life.
I’ll leave you with a great inspirational Bible verse. Oh yea, it’s one of Tim Tebow’s favorites.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:13