King Solomon Wrote, “If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? (Proverbs 24:10-12 NIV)
When trouble comes our way, as it will, how do we react? Do we sink? Do we bend? Are we able to stand strong?
What was your last experience with trouble? Think through what happened, what were the steps that led up to the calamity? Then recall what you experienced at that moment. Were you happy with how you worked through that moment?
If not, great, we all get a second chance trouble will come again. You can plan on becoming ready for the next go-around.
If the trouble was financial, then take steps now to improve your situation. If a disaster struck your town, then get ready for the future. Perhaps you failed to lean upon the Lord, then get close, and stay close for the next time. When you see how you faltered, you can then take steps to strengthen your position in the future.
Next, help those in need. Become one who helps lead others away from death. The death may be physical, or spiritual. As Christians we have the opportunity to offer help for both needs.
We may want to be in denial, one who “knew nothing about this”. If we take this as a defense, the Lord will then weigh our heart. In business, when a problem hit I tried the defense “I didn’t know that”. The quick response was, “Then you should have known it”. We are responsible for what we should know.
We should know Scripture to grow in our personal life, and to assist others. We should know to prepare for calamity. If a storm leaves us stranded for a week, will saying “I don’t know this was coming help much?”
Who is our ultimate guard? The Lord, right? However, to seek the Lord’s protection we must first relay upon the Lord. God is there, ready and desiring a close, personal relationship with Him. When we stay close, day in and day out then when disaster strikes, we will already be close to the Lord. If we have strayed a bit, the Lord is already further away.
We are told the Lord will “repay everyone according to what they have done.” We should want to be in a position to receive maximum payment from the Lord. How? By staying close, preparing to stand strong during a crisis and by being ready to help others.
These steps from Solomon look simple. While uncomplicated, they require us to be forward thinking, to take steps in advance.
1. Evaluate the last crisis you experienced, how strong did you stand?
2. What steps will you take to become stronger the next time?
3. What steps will you take to “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter”?