Weak and Strong At Once

Today I was reading Proverbs and this one caught my attention. So much so that I read it again. And again. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10). I started looking for loopholes. Where’s my commentary on Proverbs? I checked. Listen to what Charles Bridges says about this, and I can only quote a snippet here. (And I apologize for all the punctuation, but I’m quoting him the way he wrote it.)

If thy strength be small, go to the strong for strength. “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah xl.29.) Commit thyself daily to him, for his supply of “grace is sufficient for thee.” So go onward, weak and strong at once; weak in order to be strong; strong in thy weakness, “his strength being made perfect in it;” and thou at length “glorying even in thy” depressing “infirmity, that, the power of Christ may rest upon thee” (2 Cor. xii.9); not only sustained, but “strengthened unto joyfulness.” (Co. i. 11.)

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7 thoughts on “Weak and Strong At Once

  1. Thank you for the timely verse and reminder. I often go to my commentary looking for loopholes, too. I always find the same message- God’s grace is sufficient.

  2. Thanks for that. Now I will feel guilty when I want to give up!!! 🙂 It is actually an inspiration to be tenacious—-and seek strength from those who have it. Great words.

  3. I have always loved this verse. It has helped me get out and do what I’m not good at or feel good doing, but needs to be done.

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