Proverbs 24: King James Bible
Day of Adversity – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verse 10
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Day of Adversity
So, is this the Lord poking fun at those of us who are weak against certain types of adversity? Nope, that’s not the case at all.
But he is letting us know this, so that we may understand why we faint in the day of adversity. If we understand where we are weak, and get to the root of why we are weak in that area of our lives, we can move ahead through the Word to gain strength.
But let’s back up for a moment. What exactly is the “day of adversity?” The word adversity means any form of misfortune or difficulty. I’d be willing to bet that all of us have had our days of adversity. Some have had these days more than others, but all of us know what it’s like to have those days, where we go through things that we’d never willingly sign up for.
The different degrees of adversity are all over the map. Some people act like it’s the beginning of the end if they lose electricity for a day or two. Others that have gone for weeks without power, wouldn’t see a day or two as that big of a deal.
A fancy way to explain the example of power outage above, would be that some people are better equipped to handle different situations through conditioning, or simply having been through worse. It’s unfortunate that we tend to stumble into difficulties ill equipped to handle them gracefully, or to be strong to the finish when they arrive.
And don’t confuse stumbling with fainting. Some of us may stagger and stumble when hit with a strong wave of adversity. But people who stumble have the opportunity to get up and trudge forward. If you faint, you’re out cold or have given up.
And it is a when, not if adversity comes. Adversities come no matter how hard we try to avoid them. If we take a look at the scripture above, there is no warning that helps us to avoid the day of adversity from coming, but only warning us about our strength when it does.
Don’t get confused by this though. The Word of God is packed with instruction that plea and command us to avoiding unnecessary or self inflicted adversities. We can do all to prevent ourselves from falling into the world’s traps, temptations, bad influences, behaviors, etc.. But things still happen to good God fearing people anyways.
Why do bad things happen to good people? That’s a question you hear asked quite a bit, most often just after something horrible happens to a good solid person, who does no wrong nor harm toward anyone. Maybe they were even saved and committed to the Father. So why do these things happen?
The answer to that is simple to be honest. We are a fallen race, living in a fallen world. The aftershock of the fall of Adam is still reverberating through the universe, even after all of these years. Random, bad things happen to all people, not just people who deserve bad things to happen to them, but those who wind up in the path of severe adversity.
See what Jesus had to say about this below. It’s a lesson that many people skim over or don’t connect the dots to configure his lesson to their lives. There is a difference between the Lord’s justice, and adversity befalling people. Things will happen, even to the people of the Lord.
The question is, when the day of adversity comes, and it will, are you going to have the strength to stand strong, or will you faint when confronted with it? The Lord is our strength, our refuge, and our high tower, in which we are safe.
I would suppose that if we were to faint when faced with the day of adversity, we might not have been where we were supposed to be, clinging close to our Savior and our Deliverer. If we find that we’ve got little strength during these times, perhaps we’ve neglected our source of strength, which is the Lord God Almighty.
It’s by faith and through the Lord’s strength that we can move mountains, but with that same strength, he often would rather us just plow straight through that mountain, and wind up stronger for it by the time we get on the other side. He did this with the Lord Jesus(read about it here), and holds no bones about doing the same with us.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 13: King James Bible
13 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Romans 5: King James Bible
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Thank you for your Word, and all of the reminders you’ve placed within, to keep close to you, and to be beneficiaries of your strength, rather than trusting upon what little strength we have. Let us never grow proud in our strengths, and may we never despair because of our weaknesses. Help us by your Power, your Spirit, and your Word, to gain in strength in preparation for the day of adversity. Whether it be spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional, strengthen us where we are weak, as we rejoice in your strength Lord. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Are you spiritually equipped to stand during the day of adversity?
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