FOCUS: “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30: 6)

MEMORY VERSE: “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” (Isaiah 50: 7)

In our Focal Scripture, after nearly being stoned by his men, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. The word ‘encourage’ as used in that scripture comes from the Hebrew word ‘chazaq’; another meaning of ‘chazaq’ is ‘be firm’. So David firmed up in the Lord his God. His experience may have torn him to tatters, but he became firm again in the Lord his God. In facing his race and challenge, David chose the path of firmness.

Friend, dare to be firm. Be firm with your commitments and convictions; be firm with your beliefs; be firm with your consecration; be firm with your focus; be firm with your core values; be firm with your goals and aspirations; be firm with the changes you desire to see in and around you; take a firm stand against whatever is contrary to your destiny; take a firm stand for Jesus; take a firm stand to fulfill destiny.

David was not about to recover all that was stolen from him with a loose mindset; he approached his journey with firmness. Those who have things to achieve know that the way to go is to be firm. Sometimes, all you need is to be firm in saying no instead of a yes. Sometimes, all you need is to be firm with whatever you have chosen to focus on. Sometimes, all you need is to be firm in closing the doors that need to be closed.

Don’t approach your journey with a loose mindset. If you have set goals, be firm about them; if there are boundaries you need to set up, be firm to set them up; if there are relationships you need to quit, be firm to drop them; if there are improvements that are needed in your career, business, ministry, academics, etc., be firm about them. Don’t sacrifice the need for firmness in your life in a bid to make everyone happy with you.

Don’t be counted amongst them that are unstable as the waters. Dare to be firm even if your generation has a problem with it.



  • I choose to be firm, in Jesus’ name!
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Daily Devotional by Jerry Eze