“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10
Whenever someone faints, it can be from fear. How many times have we heard of a husband being overwhelmed in the delivery room and fainting? Or even a child with an insurmountable fear of shots who faints at the mere sight of one at the doctor’s office? There are other reasons we may faint too such as heat exhaustion, lack of proper nutrition or lightheadedness from something else, but the question which begs to be asked is, how EFFECTIVE is someone who faints? Obviously, he or she cannot offer much assistance to someone else at that point in time, much less, help themselves.
This passage is a reminder to be prepared for adversity. Scripture alludes to the fact that there IS a day of adversity, it is not a matter of IF it occurs, rather a matter of WHEN. So, if we know that time is coming, how can we prepare for it?
We need to be proactive. So, how can one prepare for adversity in order to assume the position of victOR versus victIM when adversity comes? Know the Word of God! Experience WHO God is on a daily basis! That way when tough times do come, truth is the source of stability instead of some ideology with no merit.
This verse in Proverbs demonstrates that strength is needed because adversity is VERY real. If we walk around fainting, we are not accomplishing anything. God loves us and wants to see us succeed. That is why He has filled His Word with biblical principles to help us. The bottom line is, don’t be a fainter!