Gospel Gazette Online
Volume 19 Number 3 March 2017
Page 8

Fainting in the Day of Adversity

Ernest S. Underwood

Ernest UnderwoodTo many in both the secular and the religious realm, there is no such thing as sin. In their minds, there are no absolutes of right or of wrong. For example, what used to be the sin of homosexuality is now just a different “sexual orientation.” Some are so foolish as to claim that God’s blessings rest upon those who practice this abominable sin. The point is, now, everything must be politically correct. No one must be offended, and no action must be offensive. Again, the wise man Solomon addressed this foolish idea of compromise. In Proverbs 24:10 he wrote: “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.” When evil threatens and we attempt to placate it by compromising the truth, we fail to stand in the time of adversity. To do this lessens our strength, and we become weaker each time we act in such a manner.

Satan, through his agents, seeks to intimidate, frighten and cause the faithful to run for cover. On the other hand, the apostle Paul, in writing about the armament of a true Christian, concluded by saying, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Are you “fainting in the day of adversity,” or are you standing with readiness to “fight the good fight of the faith?”

Help me, Jesus!

Mark N. Posey

Mark N. PoseyThe writer of Hebrews said, “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor [aid] those who are tempted” (2:18). When we experience difficulty here on earth, we have a Savior who will help. He is not merely a spectator; He has participated in human life on earth (John 1:14; Philippians 2:7). He has been through the human experience. Now, He is in Heaven at the right hand of God to help (aid) His people. How does He help us?

  1. Jesus helps us by delivering us from sin (Ephesians 1:7).
  2. Jesus helps us by His example (1 Peter 2:21; Philippians 2:5).
  3. Jesus helps us by His teachings (Matthew 7:29).
  4. Jesus helps us through Gospel promises (John 14:3).
  5. Jesus helps us through His attitude of care and mercy (Hebrews 2:17; 1 Peter 5:6-7).
  6. Jesus helps us through His intercession on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 2:1).

Now, what kind of problem do you have? Just name the problem! Do you suffer under the guilt of sin? Are you under the pressure of some specific temptation? Have you been trying to serve God through the doctrines and commandments of men? Are you having trouble coping with daily pressures of life—physical, emotional or domestic pain?

You cannot name any problem that Jesus cannot help you handle! This doesn’t mean He will suddenly make all of your troubles go away. Remember, there will be storms (Matthew 7:24-27), but with Him at your side, you will survive. Come to Him in obedience and stay there; He will help!

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