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January 2, 2012 / joelmalm

You Think You’re So Tough?

This year you and I are going to face some major trials that we never saw coming.  When it hits the fan remember this: If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10)

That’s not exactly the pick-me-up verse of the day, but I always go back to it for this reason:

You never know how tough you really are until you get put to the test.

If you faint when the going gets tough then you know you need to get tougher.  The only other option is to throw your hands up and quit.  That’s not really an option in my book.  Get tougher by depending on God’s strength instead.

So brace yourself – along with all the good times this year you are going to face some tough ones.  But take courage because God is working on the big picture.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything(James 1:2-4)



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  1. Jonathan Alorda / Jan 2 2012 9:01 am

    It’s interesting if our first response is to be offended by the proverb instead of merely “be read” it. In addition, no matter what one’s strength, it is eventually limited, necessitating grace to complete what is lacking.

    Perhaps “strength” can be redefined as one’s awareness of their fragility, willingness to seek God for help and quickness to do it.

    Thanks for the post!

    • joelmalm / Jan 2 2012 9:40 am

      Excellent point mon frère.

  2. Jonathan Alorda / Jan 2 2012 10:20 am

    And I meant to “be read by” the proverb. ‘Twas early.

  3. Duane Rod / Jan 3 2012 11:56 am

    Going through one of those times at work right now, and I can just learn to LEAVE it in God’s hands I’ll be fine.

  4. Jana Malm / Jan 4 2012 11:06 am

    That is a great one, Joel!

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