1 BUT behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction.
2 O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.
What does having a firm mind mean? Jacob explains that those with “firmness of mind” look to God in great faith, even in the midst of affliction. They don’t just believe when things are good and they feel blessed. They are rainy-day Christians. They keep their heads up and draw on the spiritual power available to them in every situation, good and bad. When spouses or children disappoint, when friends abandon, and when disaster strikes, they look up with faith and confidence that all things can be overcome through the power of Christ. They receive comfort and peace. They hear the Master's command to the turbulent sea, "Peace, be still." (Mark 4:39)