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June 12 – The Strength Of Faith

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10

Devotional Thought For The Day

This proverb seems harsh and dismaying.  I thought immediately of the many times when I have struggled with doubts, sorrow, lack of understanding, and even fear when faced with adversity. I am generally not one to back away from threats and trouble, but I sure don’t enjoy adversity when it comes. I have often felt small, weak, and even fragile, although I am quite astonished that I have never fainted or given up, at least not when dealing with the powers and forces of darkness.  I certainly have wanted to on many occasions.

Of course, if we are believers in God then He is our strength – we trust and hope in His promises in Christ Jesus, His love, His goodness and mercy, and certainly His power. It is by such faith that we are strengthened, even in the day of adversity and trouble, so that even though we may feel small, insignificant, weak, and ready to perish, we are actually quite strong.  The apostle Paul learned this lesson first hand and explains it: “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” [2 Cor. 12:8,9]

Wise men have also noted that it is not the strength of our faith that matters most, but rather the strength of the One in Whom we put faith and trust. In the case of God, the only True and Living God, He is almighty, all powerful, creating, controlling, and sustaining all things by His Word of power. [Heb. 1:1-3] So this proverb urges us to faith and trust in God, so that even if it feels as if our strength is small, the power of Christ continues to rest upon us, so that we do not faint. His power will never let us down – there is nothing that can challenge or overcome His great might and strength.

So the proverb is not about our strength, or rather our weaknesses, but rather about the wisdom of putting full faith, trust, and confidence in God, the only True and Living God, the God of our salvation.  We are encouraged to consider the difference in the one who has no faith in God, and who faints in the day of adversity, versus all believers, whom God sustains and strengthens in time of trial and trouble. Thanks and praise be to God that our strength is not what we perceive or feel it to be, but rather what He has promised to all who turn to Him in humble repentance and faith. May He grant us continued confidence in His blessing no matter what we may have to face and endure.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the assurances and promises You have given to us in Your Son Jesus Christ, that even death itself cannot hurt or harm us, but must end up being for our great good and blessedness. Thank You for the many times when You have supplied us with strength, when our own strength and courage have failed us. Grant us continued faith in You, that we never faint or falter in the day of adversity. Amen.