God, the Ultimate Puppet Master

Tim Tebow’s favorite bible verse is John3:16, which was etched in eye black on his face when he led his college football team, the Florida Gators, to the BCS Championship title in 2009.

In light of this past weekend’s Super Bowl game and the end of the 2012-2013 NFL season I thought it was a great time to reflect on God’s work that took place during a playoff game in the 2011-2012 NFL season.

Tim Tebow, back-up quarterback for the New York Jets (former Denver Broncos quarterback), spoke at Impact Church in Scottsdale, Arizona on Super Bowl Sunday this past weekend. In addition to sharing his testimony with the members of Impact Church, he also told a remarkable story about the unlikely coincidences that the Bible verse John 3:16 had during the playoff overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers last year.

After the Broncos victory, a man came up to Tebow and asked if he realized what had happened. Tebow replied with what he thought was the obvious: they won and were moving on in the playoffs! The man went on to tell him about all of the similarities that took place between Tebow’s statistics and John 3:16:

He threw for a total of 316 yards,
averaged 31.6 yards per completion,
his yards per rush were 3.16,
the time of possession was 31.06 minutes, and
the peak ratings were 31.6.


Tebow was shocked and ecstatic. He said, “What was so cool about it was I can’t take any credit. I had no idea….I wasn’t even a part of it. God was using it and I was just like a little puppet.”

The next day John 3:16 was the number one thing searched on Google and the #1 thing posted on Twitter and Facebook. It is truly amazing how God works in each of our lives and how he uses our talents and devotion to spread His goodness.

The Lord uses His followers as puppets in different ways, sometimes guiding us to an unexpected career change, or softening our hearts.

For example, a couple of weeks ago the Lord kept directing me to 2 Corinthians 5:10. At this time my thoughts, attitude, and feelings about a particular situation were hardened. When I let Him take control I was convicted and put my anger aside to respond in a way that would be right in His eyes. We can’t change people or their perceptions, but we can make the decision to do what is right.  It is so difficult to do when conflicts arise with those that you are close, but at the end of the day I can say that I have complete peace.

The most extraordinary puppet shows ever performed are when God uses His Christian followers as puppets to carry out the truth of His word.

How has God used you as his puppet?


For more insight on Tim Tebow’s testimony follow the links below.
Tebow Talks Bible Verses Ministering Tebowing
Tebow Professes His Faith Carefully