Proverbs 24: 10, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
Self evaluation and reflection often follows a trial and many may find that they ask, “How big is my faith?”
Our scripture today addresses the reality that many succumb to discouragement and even despair when faced with adversity. Drawing away from God and looking to self and the world for answers will only cause our spirits to sink as we drop to our knees from our weakened state.
Much is said in God’s Word about being strong in the face of trials, but those encouragements are often forgotten because we have not resigned to accepting God’s control over our lives. The evidence of our faith and strength is expressed through trials; just as the evidence of anything is measured by its purpose, i.e., the iron bar does not bend; the horse made for battle; and even the tree that bears fruit. We’re known by our “testing”.
And then there are those of us who may face trials head on; knowing that God is in control and depending on Him for every turn of the trial and even for the outcomes, we are resolved with God’s Will. And then the aftermath hits as it always does; there’s the realization that if that storm comes our way again, will we be able to stand? We may find ourselves praying, “don’t let me go through such things again”, i.e., a sickness endured and follow up is necessary; a broken marriage being rebuilt; a financial blow that you’re rebounding. All things we encounter are to build strength into us and to show us how much more we are to grow and yes, even after the encounter we may still have much to learn, no matter how well we handled the initial testing.
I’m reminded of several passages that encourage us as we’re going through trials, and I would ask you to take time in your day to read through them; they are: Hebrews 10:36; Hebrews 12:3; Galatians 6:9; 1Corinthians 15:8; and Matthew 10:22; Matthew 17:19-21.
Christ came to endure many hardships and was victorious over death’s sting; be encouraged my brothers and sisters! Be strengthened in Him, before, during and after your trials. And remember that our faith is measured not by pounds or ounces but by the grain of a mustard seed. How great is your faith now and for your tomorrows?
Prayer: Father, your Word says “Be of good courage” many times and we must present ourselves valiant as your people as we let you do that which is good in your sight. LORD, if we falter, strengthen us as we wait upon you. Yes, LORD we will wait upon you because you love and preserve those who are faithful. LORD we know you reward those who trust in you. So this day we enter into your presence with our hope in you. We offer our prayers in Jesus’ name, amen.
Connie Renfro ©