If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Proverb 24:10 )
Yes the day of adversity! In the book of Job, God has said, "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5:7). But here we find a sure word of encouragement: strength!
About 39 years ago I was encouraging another pastor named Jonathan. He seemed to float in and out of being a strong spiritual, "man of God." As we Fellowship on a regular weekly basis, he seemed to handle his shepherding duties just fine. The Lord Jesus called me away for a season. Upon returning, I attended a gathering of the saints. No sooner was I in the room, when Jonathan came running to me, embraced me and said, "thank God you're back!" He looked as if he was being chased by a mob. I realize he had fainted because of the adversary. Jonathan was going on his own strength and terror was gripping him.
Beloved if you take time with God, he will be there in the times you need him most. As Jonathan and I conversed, the Holy Ghost enlighted the above proverb to him. Jesus explained that it was not our strength we live by, but by every word that has proceeded out of the mouth of God. This is where everyone finds their strength in times of adversity. Praise the Lord!
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isaiah 52:7)
Some years ago, I had the privilege to fellowship with Pastor George Stormont, author of, "Wigglesworth, A Man Who Walked with God." He spent several days in my home and we held a special meeting together. Here is a part of one of the letters I received from him; which I pray will help clarify the above Scripture.
March 1, 1991
Dear Brother Snyder,
Greetings with joy!
Your letter and enclose check came as a complete surprise today, and I thank you warmly for both.
Praise God for the good report of blessings in the assembly. God is most certainly doing a refining work in the midst of his people; but He is also recommissioning them to "REACH THE LOST AT ANY COST!"
If only all our members would teach others each week what they learn in God's house and from his word, we should soon see a dramatic increase in power and in numbers.
Pastor Stormont, who personally experienced the Welsh Revival, seems here to not only encourage us, but bring us into the living word. Yes, IF ONLY! Praise the Lord!
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:21)
Thousands of years ago, King David wrote this above Scripture. The words "for ever and ever," were directed through him by the Holy Ghost. As we worship God today, as the church of the living Christ, we become that, "for ever and ever."
When you and I praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the Goliaths, the King Sauls, cave time and so on will receive the same inherit blessings as David did, the man after God's own heart! Mountains will crumble, valleys will be leveled and all the powers of darkness will yield their resources to the King of Kings and Lord of lords, Jesus! Yes when David wrote, my mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, he gave us beauty for ashes. Praise the Lord!
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. (Proverb 20:22)
Yet another mountain of the Lord to be climbed daily. Why do I compare this proverb to a mountain? When someone is about to climb a mountain, they will first take a long look at its ascent. Then choose the path they feel will accomplish the journey's purpose, which is to reach the top. Equipment will be needed along with a good combination of physical and mental health. Why? Because there will be threatening dangers on the way. A full knowledge of mountain climbing procedures will not be enough. The climber must know how to apply this knowledge correctly; sometimes under adverse or unexpected conditions. Then comes the greatest help of all, God's blessings!
The closer we come to God, the higher the climb; the more dangerous the fall, the more abundant the grace. Praise the Lord!
Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven:( Genesis 19:24) But his
Dr. Thomas Snyder