Many Christians are familiar with the battle between David and Goliath. An account of what took place is given in 1 Samuel, chapter 17. Saul and the Israelites are facing the Philistines at the Valley of Elah. Twice a day for 40 days, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, comes out between the lines and challenges the Israelites to send out a champion of their own to decide the outcome in single combat. However, Saul and all the other Israelites are afraid of him. David is present, having brought food for his elder brothers. Told that Saul has promised to reward any man who defeats Goliath, David accepts the challenge. Saul reluctantly agrees and offers his armor, which David declines, taking only his sling and five stones chosen in a brook.
David and Goliath confront each other, Goliath with his armor and shield, David with his staff and sling. “The Philistine cursed David by his gods,” but David replies: “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that God saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is God’s, and he will give you into our hand."
David hurls a stone from his sling with all his might, and hits Goliath in the center of his forehead. The Philistine falls on his face to the ground; David takes Goliath's sword and cuts off his head.
If there was ever a time when we could compare a modern day David and Goliath story, this would be it. Tim Tebow (David) and Tom Brady (Goliath) will go into battle this weekend, December 18, 2011, on the football field when The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos. Will Tim Tebow survive this weekend? Will Sunday's game against Tom Brady be the end of his run? Will we all be back to normal and talking about the great run he had on the Monday following the game?
Well, I can tell you one thing, if Tim Tebow wins this game, it will make a LOT of believers out of people. The reality is... many people mock his faith. At times, they wonder why he wears his faith "on his sleeve." However, I would argue that those same people are looking for reasons to believe. Those same people are looking for that one thing to hold on to so they can say, "this joy that I have, the world didn't give it to me and the world can't take it away." Those same people will be watching the game in bated breath... hoping, cheering, and anticipating that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will take down the New England Patriots and raise their hands in victory.
After all, there is no way - statistically - that Denver should beat New England. Tom Brady has over 4000 passing yards, 33 Touchdowns, and New England averages over 30 points a game. On the other hand, Tim Tebow has a little over 1000 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and Denver averages only 20 points per game. So, I ask again.... Will David beat Goliath?