If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10
During times when there is no trouble people appear to be strong and able to do what needs to be done. They are able to focus correctly and often make good choices.
There are also times of trouble, times when everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong. Those days when a person is having a bad day. It is during these times that there is a challenge in how a person walks his life. He must make a choice to walk correctly or choose a wrong path.
Very often during times of trouble, people will make very poor choices. Some choices will not be very drastic, while others will be extreme. When a person has been laid off and evicted from his house, that is when some will turn to crime to get the needed money.
Solomon calls this faltering and one of small strength.
Believers can often have this same challenge. Theirs is slipping into sin. It is when a person is having a bad day, is alone or among non-believing friends, that one often chooses to step into sin. He is faltering during the time of trouble.
Yes, a believer is weak in and of himself, but he has God at his side in the Holy Spirit. The believer is to turn to God for the needed strength.
Jesus said that He would give the believer all the strength and power needed when needed to be His witness. Slipping into sin during times of trouble is not being His witness.
God is at work at building the believer up in Jesus, to become more like Him every day. Jesus walked in strength, not weakness. Believers need to daily walk in the strength, including days of trouble.
You will have days that are filled with trouble and struggles. During these days work to turn your focus upon God and not the troubles. Do not allow the devil to get a foothold into your heart and mind, causing you to make a poor choice and slip into sin.
Lean on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to keep you from all sin. Allow God to build and strengthen you each day and in each trial that you go through.
This is becoming more like Jesus and being His witness each day.
I pray today that you will know the power of God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will keep your eyes on God at all times; that you will know God is beside you in times of trouble; and that you will allow God to guide your every action.