Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled (1 Sam 17:4)

The word “champion” means a winner and it only appears three times in the bible. Each time it was used to describe Goliath (1 Sam 17:4, 23, 51). In Goliath’s case he was the undoubted top dog in any tournaments of strength among his people. No one came close. Yet David conquered him. If Goliath was a conqueror, David was a more-than-conqueror! If Goliath was a champion, David was a champion-overcomer! If Goliath represented man’s best then David represented God’s even-better-than-the-best! For there are really two types of champions: Man’s champion and God’s champion. They are bred out of different stables. Their makings are quite different. And we would do well to learn the difference.

Goliath was a colossus honed for physical war. David on the other hand, moulded himself for spiritual and physical battles. While the giant grew might to wield armour and sword, David drew strength from intimacy with God and from endless practice with sling and stone. For him, both activities were spiritual! The God whom he trusted was the same God who had delivered him from wild beasts by the power of his arm and his sling. Both strengths were integrated in the same person! Goliath was a self-possessed, self- aggrandizing figure. He touted his strength and breathed contempt for anything that dared defy him. David was a God-possessed man! His boast rang out for the God who had deliver him and will deliver him again! One was self-made. The other God- made! One lived by the threat of fear. The other by the triumph of faith! One lived from the outside in. The other from the inside out!

We need more of such champions to step out into the seven mountains of the workplace today. Confronters of giants who will draw lines of integrity and excellence to engage and impact the landscape of our nation. Overcomer of the God-kind! Today listen to Ps Margaret Court, a true champion speak!

Dr Philip Lyn

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