Its exams time in many parts of the world, its time to find out if the students have managed to learn or remember any of the subject that they were taught during the year. Some of the students are aiming to come 1st in the class, others in the local area and others are aiming even higher. The same is true of all the Olympians who are training for the London 2012 Olympics. Each team is hoping to come 1st in world ranking, if they fail to achieve that they hope to come 1st in the local region and if thats not possible, they hope to win as many medals as possible for their nation. If they manage to win Gold they feel like champion, and if their team is top of the medals table the whole team say they are the champions of the world [The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, July 27, 2012] There are many stories in the bible of man and nations, who were declared champions, here is one such story about David and Goliath in the bible.
David was a shepherd boy who spent most of his time in the fields with the lambs and the sheep. Mean while Goliath was champion of the Philistine army and feared no one.
The armies of the Israelites and the Philistines were on opposite sides of the hill, and both armies were ready for battle. Each day the Philistines sent their champion, Goliath, who was fully armed and gigantic in size, to shout across the valley “Choose a man, and if he were able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall serve us.” The Israelites didn’t have champion who could take him on.
One day, David came to the Israelites’ camp to see his brothers. He heard the words of Goliath. He was amazed that the Israelites were all afraid. “I will go and fight with this Philistine” David said. After a short chat with the Israelite king, David unarmed, except for his staff, his shepherd’s sling and a few stones, David went to confront the giant.
Goliath was angry when he saw that the Israelites sent a shepherd boy to meet him. Little did he realize that David was about to defeat him in battle. David ran fearlessly towards the Philistine giant, he slipped one of the stones into his sling, and skillfully flung it so that it hit Goliath in the forehead, who fell to the ground. When the Philistine army saw that their champion is dead, they fled the battle. The Israelites won the battle and David whom God had chosen to be the future king of Israel was the hero of the people of Israel.
We too can defeat many of Satan’s champions, when we put are our faith in Christ who gives us strength to overcome his schemes.
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