We all face things we don't think we can overcome and when we reach the end of our rope we comfort ourselves with thoughts of, “Well no one could do this, or I'm not the first one to fail here, Nobody is perfect.” We stretch out our list of excuses, soothing our consciences, and protecting our egos.
All's well, but then we run across this verse.
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs 24:10
What? A little harsh don't you think? So what it's saying is, if you fail...you are weak! The absence of wiggle room is more than just a little uncomfortable to say the least.
So what's the point to all this? Is God simply wanting to beat us up; kick us while we're down?
No, God knows we will fail. This verse is to let us know why we fail. He knows our pride won't go down without a fight and that if at all possible it will seek to spare itself with any and every excuse under the sun. God in his mercy, gave us this verse to rescue us from this self-deception.
So he just leaves us with hard truth?
That and more. God opens our eyes with truth, so that turning our gaze from excuses, we may look to him for strength in time of need. He doesn't want us wallowing in failure. He wants us to realize that victory only comes through him. In our strength we will fail. It is only when we rest in the hands of our Savior, trusting in his strength, that we will stand in the day of adversity.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
The lesson we must learn is that our strength is never sufficient to deliver us. Victory only comes through the Lord and his abundant mercy!
The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:16-22