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1 Samuel 17:4 – Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. (NLT)
For several weeks, my ninety-one-year-old mother-in-law has been adjusting to her new life in a long-term care facility. She soon became involved in the daily activities around her. Being a "people person" herself, she enjoys the interaction with staff and residents. The game of bingo is one of her favourites, and she delights in meeting twice a week to play.
When we walked in one day at the close of game time, she greeted us with a big, wide grin and said, "I am the champion." Questioning her, we discovered she had been the winner several times that day and was declared their champion.
Now on this earthly planet that we call our temporary home, there have been several champions. Goliath from Gath was the first one I recall. He was killed quickly by David. In football there is a Superbowl champion. Golf has its Masters' game, NASCAR drivers pursue a championship during each racing season, and usually a different basketball team is named the NCAA champion when "March madness" rolls around.
And then there is my mother-in-law, who is the bingo champion of her long-term care centre.
But the greatest champion of all ages is Jesus. John 14:6 tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to God except through Him. Jesus is the way to live eternally. By accepting Him as our Saviour, our lives will be joined to His forever.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, today we accept the truth of Your promises. We will trust You, and each enjoy all the benefits of being Your child. Thank You for being our champion. Amen.