Daily Devotional

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Be Different

22nd May 2021

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30: 1-20

Focus

“And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.” (1 Samuel 30: 7)

It is instructive to observe that whilst David’s men were all weeping and planning to stone David, there was one man in their midst who was not speaking of stoning David. Abiathar was the priest, and in the midst of those who could only wail and complain, he was still well composed enough to seek the face of the Lord. In the midst of those who were hopeless, one man chose to be an oasis of hope. One man chose to be different.

Friend, be different. Don’t join the bandwagon of those whose daily tale is about what is not working; don’t join the company of those who are specialists in wailing about current problems instead of seeking solutions; don’t join the gang of those who are too focused on what is not working that they can’t afford any attention on the God who can turn things around. Don’t try to be like everyone. Choose to be different.

Abiathar chose to be different, and his presence marked the beginning of the recovery of David and his men. The presence of a man who was different orchestrated the beginning of good news. If you dare to be different, and if you can be positive in the midst of those who are negative, you will become the signpost of good news and advancement to all who are around you. When you are different, you make the difference.

Don’t get caught in the web of those who have chosen to form a company of the depressed. Don’t speak negatively because everyone is speaking negatively; don’t lose hope because everyone around you has lost hope; don’t lose your faith in God because others have lost theirs. Be the light that will shine for those who are in darkness. Be the strength that will be extended to those who are currently weak. Be the difference.

No mention was made of the names of the men who spoke of stoning David; but Abiathar got a special mention. If you are like everyone else, you will end up insignificant and in oblivion; but if you dare to be different, you will stand on the mountain of relevance and influence.

Declaration

I must make the difference around me, in Jesus’ name!

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Memory Verse

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5: 14)

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