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August 5

Proverbs 24:10-34; Romans 1:18-32

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small [Prov. 24:10].

He is saying something here that is rather important: It takes a man to do a man's job. We use the old bromide, "Never send a boy to do a man's work." God uses these times of real stress and strain and testing to develop our spiritual character. That is the way He enables us to grow. It is in the hour of trial that you and I manifest the spiritual strength that we have.

It is a great comfort for us to know that many of God's men turned and ran when their test came. Elijah had been so brave on the top of Mount Carmel, but when he heard that Jezebel was after him with the intention of killing him, he took off and ran for the wilderness until he got down to Beersheba. He left his servant there and continued on in the desert, climbed under a juniper tree, and said, "… Lord, let me die" (cf. 1 Kings 19:4).

When David was hunted by King Saul, he didn't have a moment of peace. David said that he was hunted like a partridge in the mountains and that one of these days they would catch him and put him to death. He became very discouraged. But both David and Elijah learned in that hour that the Lord would and did strengthen them.

(J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee)

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