“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
David and Goliath’s story is a viral 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 storybooks and even until now, I would reread it from the Bible when I face significant trials in life.
The story is so familiar that most of us would readily refer to extensive trials gravely affecting our lives as “Goliath”.
Then we would pray to God to send us our “David”, anchoring our faith in 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 a 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 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 my life experience.
In the last quarter of 2009, I faced the grim possibility of quitting my Central Philippine University job. I found myself the focus of harassment and persecution by no less than the university president himself.
When I worked as Director of Communications on 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 records. 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 their work and daily time record irregularities. I was surprised that the president confronted me on two occasions, telling me to go “slow” with these work students. The administration never responded to my formal complaint.
Ironically, three of these dishonest work students ended up being assigned to the president’s office the following semester.
The CPU President placed a heavy straw on the camel’s back when he diminished my salary/benefit. They said I didn’t deserve an honorarium because he appointed me from the director position to an assistant chaplain, which does not have a monthly honorarium.
However, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when after bearing receiving a meagre 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, a complaint about the illegal diminution of salary and benefits.
My journey to search for justice wasn’t easy. It was a “Goliath” in itself. Some commented that I would never win the case. Two noted CPU alumni talked to me and told me to give up my labour case because I was fighting a “Goliath.”
Those who have the 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”.
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