Proverbs 24:10 – If you are slack in the day of distress, your strength is limited.
Today, I want to tie together the area of strength and the will of man. Solomon is saying that when adversity comes, if you give up, you do not have much strength. I find in working with many people over the years that the “will” of an individual is in direct proportion to their strength. A good example is in the counseling arena. Many times, I find people come for counseling hoping that the counselor will provide the answer to their problems. They misunderstand the purpose of the counselor which is to help the counselee to understand the root of the problem and the principles that could help them change their circumstances.
When the counselee can hear the counselor and make the necessary application of principles to their situation, there is hope for change and healing. For many, “their strength is limited.” In other words, they do not have the strength to apply the counsel given. Their will is not strong toward resolving their issues. They want others to take responsibility or they want the counselor to side with their emotions and views. Many are weak in terms of their “will” to change and do their part in resolving their problems. Doing the will of God takes an inward strength and determination. Many times, the will of an individual is so set it overrides God’s will and purpose for their life. At times, individuals simply choose against common sense.
Our intellect and our emotions are driven by our will. As we strengthen ourselves in God’s word and develop intimacy with Father God through His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit, our will to do His Will is strengthened. In order to be a kingdom man or woman, a relationship with the Holy Spirit is critical in the formation of a strong and healthy will.
Consider what Paul testified concerning his own afflictions, “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). Paul was first and foremost committed to the will of God. He surrendered his will to God’s will. He found strength in the difficulties he faced because his will was given over to God. Our will and our strength are tied together. If you feel weak in the midst of affliction and difficulty, examine your will. Is it self-will, focused on what you want? If so, change your mind and commit your will to God’s will and pleasure?
Father, give me Your insight to my will. I ask for the strength of Your Holy Spirit to help me surrender fully to Your purpose in and through my life.