Being vulnerable without being gullible is a mature Christian trait. It’s a difficult one to achieve and much greater to maintain.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
Of course, the verse is talking about spiritual strength, even our faith. Our faith is built on our knowledge of the Lord: What do we know about Him? What is He up to? What have we walked through with Him before? Are we walking with Him now? These questions give us handles onto which to grab hold. Let’s look at them:
- What do we know about Christ? One great synopsis is given in Hebrews 1:1-3, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” We know Him by His position as King of kings and Lord of lords (Philippians 2:11, Revelation 19:16). We have God’s promise that everything will be brought under His rule (Psalm 110:1, Hebrews 1:13). We can trust Jesus to have everything in hand. Nothing gets by Him.
- What is Jesus up to? Jesus is bringing all things together under His lordship. He is unifying all things and reconciling all things to Himself (Ephesians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:19-20). He is giving every person a chance to believe on Him and trust in Him (2 Peter 3:9). When that time is up, THEN He will come.
- What have we walked through with Him before? Our experiences with Christ throughout our lives build our faith. Even the times where we failed to trust Him can build our faith if we learn from the experiences. Remembering back to solid times, joyous times, helps us keep current rocky times in perspective. David used this technique: “My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:3-5.
- Are we walking with Him now? If a person is experiencing fear and anxiety about present circumstances, my first question is, “Are you spending time with God in His Word?” Only JESUS can give us a proper perspective of current events. Only JESUS can give us hope in times of crisis (Psalm 73:16-17). Is Satan winning? It may look like it, but we know the end of the story! Our Savior, our Messiah, is COMING SOON and His reward and judgement are with Him (Revelation 22:12).
Take courage, my brothers and sisters, for we are in good hands, His hands. How do I know? Because Jesus told me so:
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand [a double-fisted grip!]. 30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
Let’s dig deep into His Word and hide it in our hearts. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him as we await His imminent Return. Let’s encourage our friends and raise our children and grandchildren to do the same. It won’t be long…
Lord Jesus, You are coming soon! Thank You for the signs that You give us, with Israel coming back as a nation being a big one! As time marches forward, may we be diligent in our disciplines (pray, study, share) and get more and more excited. “Aslan is on the move!” I’m loving it! Amen.