“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
There is a man in our church who you have to be careful around when he walks because of his instability. After every church service, I go to the back of the auditorium to shake hands with the people, and this gentleman has often wobbled as he walks past me. His wife and I will put a hand on him to steady him while he is walking to keep him from falling. What I enjoy about this gentleman is that he still wants to do something for the LORD even though he is wobbly.
The verse above says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity…” Two words jump out at me that need to be considered. The first word is “adversity.” An adversity is a difficulty or a misfortune in life. Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t handle life’s difficulties and misfortunes well. As the verse above says, they “faint in the day of adversity.” The word “faint” means feeble, shaky, or wobbly. In other words, when you are wobbly in life’s difficulties, God says that your “strength is small.” There are several things this verse is teaching the believer.
First, everybody gets wobbly at times. Satan would love to destroy your confidence and get you to quit by making you think that you are the only one who gets wobbly. I was talking to a good friend of mine who has always been the epitome of strength and was shocked when I heard him expressing how wobbly he was in an adversity that he was facing. My friend, many good people have become wobbly in adversity. Job became wobbly in the adversity of heartache. Elijah became wobbly in the adversity of attacks. The Apostle Peter became wobbly in the adversity of the heathen’s fire. The greatest people have become wobbly in adversity, so realize that there may be times when you are wobbly.
Second, acknowledge that you are wobbly. The most dangerous time in your life is when you are wobbly and won’t recognize it. It is when you are wobbly that you make bad decisions. To refuse to acknowledge that you are wobbly is only going to cause you to hurt yourself. Part of making it through the wobbly times is to realize that your strength is small and that you need the help of others. Many have fallen or made bad decisions because they refused to admit that they were wobbly.
Third, don’t rely on the wobbly for strength. Sulking with the wobbly while you are wobbly only makes both of you dangerous to each other. Can you imagine two wobbly people trying to steady each other? It just can’t happen! The worst thing you can do while you are wobbly is to try and get strength from another wobbly person.
Fourth, don’t stop living because you are wobbly. You still have life to live, so, instead of quitting in your wobbly times, keep doing what you have always done in your adversity.
Fifth, walk with the stable when you are wobbly. Let the stable people of life help you in your wobbly times. Don’t let your pride cause you to push away or not go to those who can steady you in your wobbly times of adversity.
Sixth, strengthen yourself in the LORD when you are wobbly. Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint…” The one whom you can always run to when adversity makes you wobbly is God. God will not only steady you in your wobbly times, but He will also give you the strength to face your adversity so you can continue to serve Him.