Proverbs 24:10 "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."
"God tells me not to faint. But what can one do when he is fainting?
"What do you do when you are about to faint physically? You cannot do anything. You cease from your own doings. In your faintness, you fall upon the shoulder of some strong loved one. You lean hard. You rest. You lie still and trust.
"It is so when we are tempted to faint under affliction. God's message to us is not 'Be strong and of good courage,' for He knows our strength and courage have fled away. But it is that sweet word, 'Be still, and know that I am God.'" ~Streams in the Desert
Luke 18:1-8 "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily…"
Are you feeling faint, my friend? If not, then maybe this post is just for me. I am feeling very faint indeed!
So, I am determined to stop my flailing and thrashing and scheming and contriving and manuevering…and just fall hard on the arm of my Loved One, the Lord Jesus Christ.
What else can I do?
My strength and courage are gone. I have no repository of fortitude. I cannot continue in my own energy.
I must cry out to the Judge of the universe, to hear my case, and avenge me in my hour of need.
And, so, when you feel yourself about to faint in the midst of the battle, I encourage you to do the same.
Ephesians 3:13-16 "Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man"
He has all the strength and all the resources that we will ever need!