Daily Devotional


Fire The First Shot

27th November 2020

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17: 1-53


“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.” (1 Samuel 17: 49)

After what seemed like an exchange of words between David and Goliath, David took one of the five stones he had earlier taken from the brook, and fired a shot at Goliath. Goliath may have been looking for what to say to David, and David responded by firing a shot. David seized the moment and hit Goliath’s forehead. David did not allow the verbal conversation to continue with Goliath. He fired the first shot.

Friend, dare to fire the first shot. Dare to be proactive. Know when to stop talking and start doing what you have been saying you would do. Take immediate steps towards hitting the targets you have been trying to hit. Go beyond planning and start executing your plans. Stop feet dragging and hit the ground running. Discover your targets and start hitting them right away. Be proactive and hit first, before others.

David did not wait for Goliath to fire a shot before firing his own shots. He hit Goliath’s forehead before Goliath could read the situation fully. He fired a shot when no one was expecting shots to be fired. Take advantage of the inactivity of others and fire your shots before they are ready to fire theirs. As others are delaying the steps they need to take, take your own steps. Make your own moves, and on time.

Don’t wait for your Goliath to gain more momentum before you fire the shots. Don’t wait for the opposition against you to gain more grounds before you take the steps you need to take. Don’t wait for more competitors to join the fray before you rise to the occasion and set the pace for others to follow. Don’t wait for others to start implementing their ideas before you implement yours. Don’t be reactive; be proactive.

David was first to fire the shots, and there was no comeback for Goliath and his Philistine army. David was proactive, and no one could catch up with him. Dare to be first to fire the shots, dare to be proactive, dare to set the pace, and your generation won’t be able to catch up.


I set the pace; I am proactive; I fire the first shots; no comeback for my ‘Goliath’, in Jesus’ name!

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“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” (Proverbs 12: 27)

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