Daily Proverb: Where Does Your Strength Come From?

10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.

~ Pr 24:10 (ESV)

Why would God inspire this verse?  Notice I did not say “proverb”, and there is a reason for that, but for right now, I want to stick to the verse.

Is your strength small?  Is my strength small?  How well do you and I hold up to adversity?  If we are honest, we don’t hold up very well, and we must acknowledge that we actually have very little strength – if any.

Where does strength come from?

31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

~ Isa 40:31 (ESV)

That’s right!  Our strength must come from God, else it will fail.

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.

~ Ps 28:7 (ESV)

How does God respond normally?  Sure, He could part the Red Sea for us, or the Jordan River for that matter.  He could strike our enemies with plagues.  He could rain down food from Heaven.  However, how does He normally work?

Through people!  He worked through kings, judges, prophets and disciples through most of history.

Now, let’s look at the entire proverb.

10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?

~ Pr 24:10-12

There are two ways you could take this, and neither would be incorrect, IMO.  First, if you do not help others, and if you even are celebratory in their own trials and misfortunes, that does not please God at all.  You will then fail because God will not help you.  Second, God will usually send a person who can help you out.  They will assist, even to the extent that you are willing to assist others.

41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

~ Mt 10:41-42

If that is what occurs to do things in the name of a prophet, a righteous man or a disciple, then how much greater our reward to help others in the name of Our Savior?