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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