Tebow Like David When He Took on Goliath

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IINovember 24, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the game against New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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Most people who look at Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow and ask: How he can be an NFL quarterback?

How can this guy, who ranks 30th out of 35 players in total quarterback rating, be considered a good quarterback?

Although many people think Tebow won't last long in the NFL, one thing is for certain—he finds a way to win games.

But, how is it that this quarterback from Florida does what he does?

For anyone who has been around the game of football or follows it as religiously as I do, it is a known fact that Tim Tebow's faith comes first in his life. He gives all the glory to God every chance he gets and uses the platform he's been given to (hopefully) reach those who may not know who Jesus is. Some people like it, others don't—Jake Plummer.

Tebow's story reminds me of a Bible story I grew up on. The story comes from 1 Samuel 17.

8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”

 32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

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 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword."

That's just some excerpts of important passages from the text.

In a way I compare Tebow's situation to David's plight, although Tebow's is not a life-or-death fight like David's was. But, there are some glaring similarities between the stories.

First, David was considered too weak to take on the mighty Goliath, while Tebow was considered to be too weak compared to the mighty New York Jets' defense. I know it hurts to hear that, Jets' fans.

Second, David used a simple slingshot with a rock in it—Tebow uses a run-heavy offense. 55 rushes as a team against the Chiefs in Week 10 anyone?

Third, when it came down to it, David performed when he was under the most pressure. Sure, he thought he could defeat Goliath with God behind him. When it came time to perform, all it took was one stone.

For Tebow, twice he's proven he can get it done in the final minutes. First, bringing his team back from 15 points down in the final three minutes to come back and win in overtime against Miami in Week 7, then driving 95 yards in 12 plays to come back and beat the Jets last week.

In the end, it comes down to one thing for me - David allowed God to use him to defeat Goliath, while Tebow allows God to use him on the football field. And for that, Tebow ensures to give God thanks for all the blessings he's been given.

His wins may never be pretty, but in the end, what's the most important thing as a quarterback in the NFL?

Winning games.

And, in his first five games as a starter this year, Tebow has won four of his five starts. In that same time frame only seven other quarterbacks in the league can say the same thing. Tom Brady can't say that, neither can Drew Brees.

So, regardless of your beliefs on Christianity or not, and whether you think Tebow is shoving it in your face, take what Tebow said in a recent interview with ESPN's Skip Bayless to heart - "Should a husband only tell his wife that he loves her on their wedding day? Or, should he tell her that every chance he gets? In that same way, I want to tell God how much I love Him every chance I get."

Who can argue with that?

While I don't think Tebow will last long in the NFL, I look at what he's done this year and am constantly amazed at what he does. I may be wrong as well. Tebow could become the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Just take a look at Philippians 4:13. If God wants to make Tebow the greatest quarterback ever, I believe He will. God made David the greatest of his generation, so why can't He do the same with Tim Tebow?