The “David” Who Knocked-Out Our Unemployment “Goliath”

Dr. Teodoro Robles Central Philippine University

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12-13)

I started working with Central Philippine University in 2005. After working for six years, I faced unemployment.

I took the risk of quitting my job at 43-years-old for the cause of justice and dignity.

I resolved to resign after experiencing harsh treatment of insults, intrigues, lies, and prejudices. These things manifested in many ways and the worst was when my wages were diminished.

With the paltry sum I was getting every pay-day, I told my wife that it’s time to go and look for better opportunities.

Prior to finally resigning on 31 March 2011, I filed a six-month leave without pay. Following my filing of case at National Labor Relations Commission on 1 October 2010, I submitted my application for a leave without pay for six months. I just wanted to avoid further persecution while my labor complaint was developing.

How will I support my family for six months without salary was a matter that our Almighty God resolved.

Creekside Baptist Church, a house church in Sambag, Jaro, Iloilo invited me as their interim pastor beginning October 2010. Their offer affirmed my pastoral calling and so I accepted willingly.

On the day after I accepted the invitation, I received three invitations for online writing and search engine optimization projects through oDesk. What a blessing and affirmation of support.

One of them was the “David” who knocked-out my worries of unemployment. He offered initially 30-hours a week of work, then adjusted it to 40-hours a week after I decided to work solely for him.

Let me list how the God-sent “David” knocked out my unemployment “Goliath”.

I am listing this to boast of God’s goodness and how literal and real He does things to those who believe in His mighty power.

  • “Goliath” doubted my gift of administration
  • David appointed me Project Manager
  • “Goliath” diminished my salary and benefits
  • David offered me five times more than what I was receiving at CPU
  • “Goliath” removed staff members working with me
  • David assigned me to recruit and manage online staff workers from all over the world
  • “Goliath” criticized my management of Link and the Unigames 2009 assignments
  • David assigned me to manage as many as 14 websites, ten of them are big car dealers in Canada.

Indeed, what happened was proof that God sends His “David” to fight and defeat our “Goliath”. He never fails His promise of deliverance and He never runs out of noble deliverers.

Today, 31 March 2012, marks the date when I terminated my work with CPU but I would rather think of it as an anniversary of my liberation from a leadership that wreaks of injustice, pride, and jealousy.

I worked with David’s company for a year. Thank you dear God for sending us “David”. We will always remember your goodness as long as we live. Later, his company issued a certificate of employment to credit my year-long service.

Indeed, King David is right in praying, “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.

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God Never Runs Out of “Davids” to Defeat Our “Goliaths”

 

“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.”
1 Samuel 17:47

From Worry To Glory

The story of David and Goliath is a very popular story in the Bible from which Christians (even non-Christians) are taking inspiration. I heard it when I was attending Sunday school as a boy, read it in Bible story books and even until now, I would read it again from the Bible when I face big trials in life.

The story is so familiar to us that most of us would readily refer to big trials gravely affecting our lives as “Goliath”. Then we would pray to God to send us our “David”, anchoring our faith on God’s promise of strength, courage and deliverance as He had empowered the shepherd boy, David.

Isn’t David’s prayer in 1 Samuel 17:47 seems to give resounding echoes as we imagine ourselves being in similar situation? “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.”

Does God really send His “David” every time there are “Goliaths” challenging our faith and existence? Well, I believe so. God always sends His “Davids” to rescue us from every precarious situation that we are in.

Let me share you my life experience.

In the last quarter of 2009, I faced the grim possibility of quitting my job at Central Philippine University. I found myself the focus of harassment and persecution by no less than the university president himself.

When I began as Director of Communications in 1 June 2009, I discovered that the work students assigned in the Information Office, which was under my stead were not honest with their daily time record. I reprimanded them and filed a complaint to the Work Student Service Program office for investigation and possible disciplinary action.

Then I also questioned why these work students got the yearly outstanding rating despite the irregularities they are doing in their work and daily time record. I was surprised that in two occasions, the president confronted me, telling me to go “slow” with these work students. My formal complaint was never responded to. Ironically, three of these dishonest work students ended up being assigned in the office of the president the following semester.

One very heavy straw that was placed on the camel’s back was when my salary/benefit was diminished. They said I don’t deserve to receive honorarium because I was transferred from director to assistant chaplain, a position that does not have monthly honorarium.

However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when after bearing receiving a meager diminished salary for several months, I got a very insulting text from the president one Monday morning, telling me “we need chaplains who do their job”.

Realizing that it’s about time that I do something to redeem my dignity, I filed a case with the National Labor Relationships Commission, which included among others, complaint for illegal diminution of salary and benefits.

My journey to search for justice wasn’t easy. It was a “Goliath” in itself. There were some who commented that I will never win the case. There were two noted Centralians who talked to me and told me to give up the case because I was fighting a “Goliath”.

Those who have wisdom to know what’s just and unjust encouraged me to be strong and pursue my fight for justice.

Remembering the story of David and Goliath, I prayed and asked God to send me His “David”.

TO BE CONTINUED…
In my next post, I will share the “Davids” God sent to defeat my “Goliaths”.