Day 1: Taking a Stand When Others Retreat
These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.2 Samuel 23:8 (KJV)
Reflection: Adino the Eznite stood his ground when others retreated, fighting off eight hundred enemies. This shows immense courage and loyalty, not just to David but also to the cause they were fighting for. His actions remind us that there are times in our lives when we may be the only one taking a stand—whether it’s for our faith, our family, or our convictions.
Illustration: Imagine you’re the only person in your workplace who decides to act ethically on a significant issue. It’s uncomfortable and daunting, but you know it’s the right thing to do. Just like Adino stood his ground, you hold your own, serving as a beacon of integrity.
Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to stand alone when needed, to be a beacon of your love and righteousness. Strengthen me in moments when I feel weak or outnumbered. Amen.