So the unlikely (and seemingly divinely inspired) season of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos finally ended last weekend with a 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots. Because Tebow is a committed and outspoken Christian, some have raised the question of whether or not God pays any attention to football. And if He does, why didn’t He just let the Broncos win? Wouldn’t it have been a wonderful testimony of God’s power if such a strong Christian player had won the Super Bowl? To end such a great season in defeat seems disappointing, if not altogether heartbreaking.

Reading Tebow’s postgame interview, though, I have the impression that he took the loss in stride. It’s a real disappointment, to be sure, but not a true tragedy. He’s stated a number of times that He cares more about making an impact on other people than about winning football games.

Still, does God care about life’s little disappointments, even if they don’t rise to the level of life-and-death tragedies? Does He care that one of His servants lost a game he really hoped to win? For that matter, does He care that some of you who are reading this made bad grades on your Fall semester finals, or are experiencing career setbacks, or are struggling with back pain? Does He care that your car is falling apart and you can’t find the money for a reliable one right now?

Actually, He cares more than we know. The Bible gives us a clear picture of a God who is actively engaged with the world, even with its smallest details. He knows when sparrows fall out of the sky and how many hairs are on your head (Matthew 10:29-31). He sees you at every moment, in the midst of every activity, and He understands exactly what you’re feeling (Psalm 139:1-16).

So yes, He cares about football losses and other small (or not-so-small) disappointments. 

BUT…He might care about them for different reasons than we do. I care about football because I want my team to win. God cares about it because He loves the players, the coaches, the spectators, and the guy who sells hot dogs at the stadium. And He knows how to use every situation to give those people a chance to know Him, or to draw them closer to Him (Acts 17:24-27). Every situation, every disappointment, every victory, all of it matters, because God is arranging history to suit His purposes. And every moment in every place is a part of that plan. Even a football game.

So what is my role in the midst of life’s disappointments, even small ones? To trust Him, because He knows what He’s doing. To seek to be transformed into the character of Jesus Christ, because that’s God’s greatest desire for me. And to keep things in perspective, because this is just one moment in God’s perfect and eternal plan.

So why didn’t God just let the Broncos win? I don’t know. But God knows. Because God cares about Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, the Broncos, and the Patriots. (And even about me).

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