Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Victorious in Adversity~ Day 24 (31 Days of Wisdom)

You may be familiar with the following saying:

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Maybe, like me, you've heard it through out your life....
maybe from a parent,
or perhaps a teacher,
or quite possibly a coach.

After all, these are "fighting words";
words that are meant to bring out the fight in you,
words that are designed to keep you keeping on,
words that are spoken in hopes of encouraging you to not give up, but to give it your best.


did you know.....

these words are Biblical?

Proverbs 24:10 to be exact.

For some reason, when I read them straight out of the pages of God's Word they took on a whole new meaning for me. Think about them for a minute (or two or three.............)

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Adversity*: catastrophe,  disaster; trouble, misery.

We are probably all-too familiar with adversity.  We know first hand what this word means and we know how it feels. But, what about strength?  Have you ever stopped to think about what "strength" encompasses?

Strength*:  the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
                   moral power, firmness, or courage.

and the one that jumped out and grabbed my attention today
                   power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.

Now, the question begs to be asked:
          When would you and I need strength?

And, of course, the answer is more than obvious:
          We need stregnth when we are facing a time of adversity.

But, we can't use something we don't have, can we? 

Too often, during a time of adversity, we discover we are ill-prepared for the battle.  Prior to our catastrophe, disaster, trouble or misery, we did nothing to build up our strength.  We neglected to fortify our life with the strength necessary to persevere through this time of hardship.

So, we come up empty. 

We come unglued. 

We shirk under the weight of the problem. 

We cave in.

Instead of being surrounded by a sturdy armour of strength, we are left vulnerable, weak and ultimately, defeated.

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
~ Ephesians 6:10-18, The Message

The time to fight adversity is BEFORE it happens. 

The time to strengthen our spiritual muscles is BEFORE we are called upon to use them.

The time to put on the armour of God and dress for battle is BEFORE the battle begins.

True strength is a persevering strength.

True strength is a winning strength.

True strength is a constant companion ready to spring into action when needed.

True strength is already in place when the battle hits.

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

I don't want to faint.
 Do you?

I don't want to be knocked off my feet when my world is shaken by calamity? 
Do you?

Then, we need to start strengthening our strength!

We need to start developing and flexing our spiritual muscles!

We need to be prepared. 

We need to be ready. 

We need God active and alive in our lives.

N. O. W.

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

This is more than just a familiar saying, after all......this is biblical truth.


this is wisdom~

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1 comment:

  1. No, I do not want to faint. I love the picture of strength as a companion ready to spring into action :)

    Thank you for these words. All of them.



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