1 Samuel 17:1-58 (26) David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (NIV)
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, British Derek Redmond’s quest for glory in the 400m relay was cut short midway when he tore his hamstring. However, amazingly, despite his inability to carry on, he never gave up! Because he knew that it’s better to finish anyhow than to quit anytime (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Therefore, amidst tears and pains, his Dad walked him through the finish line. And guess what? His gesture that day inspired millions globally, thereby making him more popular than the winner.
Beloved, in your life’s journey, when faced with those hard times, you need to know what you’ll be laboured with if you quit, and the glory to gain when you pay the price (Proverbs 24:10). David, in our text, asked for the prize, held on to God and paid the price (Risk) by confronting Goliath. No wonder, Chad Bowen quipped that “Difficult situations create exploitable opportunities for those strong enough to persevere.” In other words, there will always be ‘a stone for your Goliath and a light after the tunnel, for those that wait’ (Micah 7:8).
WHAT NOW? Though the night may seem longer joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5). So, refuse to quit! Focus on the ultimate prize and keep paying the price as done by Derek Redmond, you’ll finish strong! (Colossians 3:2). More importantly, Christ is all you need to scale through every storm you may encounter (Psalms 34:19). Surrender to Him today; He shall ensure your smooth ride! (John 14:27)
Hymn: In Christ Alone — Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (2001)
1. Father, give me the grace to rise again and win the race of life and eternity (Proverbs 24:16)
2. For every challenge I’m faced with (mention), Father give me double victory and promotion (Isaiah 61:7)
3. Please, pray for families, neighbours, the church and nations facing turbulent times (Ephesians 6:18)
YOU SHALL NEVER DROWN IN THE STORM!
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