Small Strength

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

Proverbs 24:10

This is one of those Proverbs that I have heard all my life.  I have read it over and over again, and I have heard lessons and sermons on it.  But, like most other proverbs, it is deeper than it first appears.  To me, the Proverbs are great on two levels: one the first level, they are great to just read through.  They give you nice, concise, good advice for everyday, practical matters.  Many people try to read one Proverb a day (which is easy because there are conveniently 31 chapters in the book) and that is a great approach.  On the second level, you could take just about any verse in the entire book and meditate on it for quite a while and get quite a few blessings out of it.  In the book of Proverbs, there is gold on the surface, and there is gold beneath the surface.  I say all of that to say this: there is something “under the surface” of this verse.

I have always understood this verse to mean that, if you fail when things get tough, you are weak.  And I think that is a good application.  There are all kinds of sayings that second this truth: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going, etc.”  But something else occurred to me as I was thinking about this verse: my strength is always small.  That is not an easy thing for any person (especially a guy) to say, but it is true.  Without the Lord, I wouldn’t have the strength to get out of bed in the morning.  That got me to thinking about this verse in this light: anytime I go into an “adverse” situation in my own strength, I can pretty much guarantee that I will faint, because my strength is small.  But when I face adversity relying on His strength, that is when I can stand.  My strength is always small and will always fail me.  His strength is perfect and will never allow me to faint or fail in the day of adversity.

Paul said in II Corinthians 12:9 that “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”  What a truth.  It’s a shot to our pride to realize how small our strength is, but what a help to realize that we have all the strength we need available in Him!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    “His strength is made perfect in my weakness” … Thanks for sharing this perspective. I don’t mind falling back on Him. If I try to do it in my own strength, I am bound to fail anyway!



  2. Thank you Ben! I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am weak…but He is strong and strong enough fro both of us!


  3. I know it goes against our instincts, but there is something so comforting to me when I know I am weak and He is strong and carrying / covering me.
    Thank you Ben, for going for the gold for us!


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