Fainting and Strength

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Proverbs 24:10

As I was reading this Proverb, this verse stuck out to me.  I know that there have been many times that I have “fainted in the day of adversity”, and I would describe myself as having “small strength” during those times.  Of course, no man likes to refer to himself as one whose “strength is small.”  I started thinking about how to be strong during adversity, and I came up with a somewhat surprising answer.

I have no spiritual strength of my own.  Again, this was a blow to my masculine ego, but it is the truth.  We like to think that we are good, strong people and that we have enough strength to stand in the day of adversity.  But the truth is that we are feeble and made of dust.  On our own, we have no hope of standing in the day of adversity and temptation.

Fortunately, as Christians, we know Jesus.  He is the source of our strength!  He gives us strength and He is our strength.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)  In our own power, we are going to fall every time.  But in His power, we have all the strength we will ever need to stand in any day of adversity.

It is an encouraging and humbling thought to think that we are so totally dependant on Him.  Let us lean on Him today, and not try to live in our own strength!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, This was my prayer this very morning. I confessed to God I have no strength for what lies ahead, but that He is my strength. Thank you for this confirmation and reinforcement of a truth I need to hang on to. Peace, Linda


    • I know that I need to confess that more often. Sometimes I have a tendency to try to do things in my own strength, which, when I think about it, is very small. That is a great prayer.


  2. Linda, praying with you for His strength for your days and ours too!
    Independence is such a well thought of goal and it is in many ways, but not when it comes to our walk with Jesus. I need Him and am dependent on Him all the time! For everything! guess I won’t be passing the independence test! ha! God bless you, dependent Ben!


    • That’s true. In most areas of life, independence is viewed as a good and desireable thing. But definitely not in our walk with Jesus. We do desperately need Him! “Depenent Ben”- I like that! 🙂


  3. Great post, Ben, thanks 🙂

    “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. 12:9)


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