Colossians 3:1-2 (2)
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (NIV)

British Derek Redmond’s quest for glory at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona was cut short when he tore his hamstring in the 400 metres relay. The highlight of this occurrence was that the athlete never gave up. Derek was determined to cross the line, no matter what it takes! He measured the pressure of defeat against the size of victory and understood that it was better to finish anyhow than to quit anywhere (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Therefore, amidst the pain and tears, his Dad walked him through the finish line. His action that day inspired millions all over the globe. This is similar to David’s gesture when he was to confront Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

In verse 26, David asked for the prize to gain if he challenged the Philistine giant. The people responded: ‘The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.’ (v. 25). David’s eyes was fixed on the prize, but his mind was set on God in order to liberate his compatriots from terror. He said to Goliath: ‘I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts…’ (v. 45).

Beloved, in your life’s journey, when faced with the hard times, what you depend on is what will motivate (save) or condemn you. David trusted in the Lord while Goliath kept faith with his physical prowess. The result of their clash speaks for itself. Indeed, strength comes when we rely only on God because we need Him to scale through the hurdles of destiny (Psalms 34:19), and since we have been raised with Christ, let us keep our gaze on Him, as seen in our Bible reading.

Conclusively, we must know what we would be laboured with if we quit our trying season, and the prize to win when we endure it (Proverbs 24:10). Chad Bowen once said: ‘Difficult situations create exploitable opportunities for those strong enough to persevere.’ Regardless of what you are going through today, like the British runner, refuse to resign, only focus on God and the prize as done by David. You will emerge stronger because there shall be light at the end of your tunnel (Micah 7:8).


Hymn: Jesus Saves — Priscilla J. Owens (1882)

  1. Father, for every challenge I am experiencing, please give me the grace to rise above it.
  2. My family, the Church, friends, nation and I shall enjoy double victory and promotion.


  1. I declare today oh Lord, that my mind is fixed on You. Please, direct my path always.
  2. Every force of mediocrity, ruling over my life, lineage, career and business, expire!
  3. Satanic town-crier assigned to announce my defeat, be silenced by my glorious victory.
  4. Kindly pray for families and individuals facing turbulent times.


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