Strength in Crisis

Proverbs 24:10 — If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place (NIV).

After reading this verse and exploring other versions of it, I began to think about the times in my life that I have folded under pressure. I also thought about the countless others who have allowed crisis to get the best of them. It is not uncommon for someone to approach me in a panic because something has gone terribly wrong. Crisis is an unavoidable part of life, but we do not have to be overcome by it.

The message of Proverbs 24:10 is clear: A person falls to pieces in a crisis because he or she lacks strength. Another version says that if we are slack in the day of distress, it’s because our strength is limited (NASB). The King James states that people faint during adversity because their strength is small. My desire today is for you to be strengthened by the word of God. You will be able to stand up under pressure. Hallelujah!

The Lord is your strength and shield. Let your heart rejoice because He is your help! He saves His anointed (Psalm 28:7-8). God is your strength in times of trouble, and He is your ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 37:39, 46:1). Are you getting this yet?!

Crisis is not a time for you to crumble; it’s a time for God’s strength to be made perfect in you! He is your defense (Psalm 59:17), and He strengthens those whose ways are upright (Proverbs 10:29). God is your salvation, and there is no need to be afraid (Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 12:2).

I want to encourage you today. If you are facing a crisis, do not fall to pieces. Find your strength in Him! Open His word, and begin to study it. God is strength, and if you are in relationship with Him, He will be yours. Be at peace. Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

Psalm 71:16 — I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only (KJV).

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