10 If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.
Proverbs 24:10 (NLT)
Do you wish that you will never have another problem and never be under any pressure from now onwards all the way to eternity? Wouldn’t it be nice? However, all of us know that it will not happen. We are living in an imperfect world. Maybe some may find the word “imperfect” as an understatement. No matter what, there will always be troubles somewhere in this world and some of them may adversely affect us. We may not be of this world but we are still physically in this world. This tells me that whatever happens in the world can affect the way we physically see, hear and feel. However this does not mean that we must be affected by it in our spirit. We have the choice of overcoming it instead of just becoming victims of it.
The above verse tells us that if we fail under pressure, our strength is too small. What is this strength anyway? Let us see how the Bible defines it.
7 Moses said this about the tribe of Judah: “O Lord, hear the cry of Judah and bring them together as a people. Give them strength to defend their cause; help them against their enemies!”
David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6(NLT)
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
2 Samuel 22:30 (NLT)
The above are only a few of the results I get when run a search on the word “strength” at “Biblegateway”. There are so many of them that I can only quote a few to save space. I suggest you to look it up yourself. Based on the above verses, it seems that when God gives us strength, he wants us to use it. Strength is meant to overcome the negative situations that are oppressing us and to defeat our enemies. In other words, God gives us strength to help us to succeed.
So, it is totally unacceptable for us believers to fail whenever we are under pressure. Proverbs 24:10 tells us our strength is small when we fail under pressure. So if you find yourself failing under pressure, the only conclusion is you are not using your strength correctly. As a christian, your strength comes from God. According to verses like Deuteronomy 33:7 and 2 Samuel 22:30, this strength is able to help you to defeat your enemies, crush an army and scale any wall. You are supposed to be victorious in every area of your life. You are supposed be above every pressure. The idea of a christian to fail under pressure is not Biblical.
“What must I do to have this great strength in my life?”
Since, the Bible says the strength to overcome is from the Lord, then it can only be found in the Bible and our prayers. Since God is the source of our strength, it makes sense for us to spend time with him, pray, meditate and confess his words.
If you say you are too busy to pray and spend time with God, you are basically saying that you are too busy to use the strength from God to solve your problems. You are saying that you are too busy to find solutions to your problems. In fact, the greater the pressure you are facing right now, the more time you should be spending with God. He has the answer to all your problems and he is willing to give them to you. Are you willing to go to him to receive your answers?
This is why the devil likes to remind us of the negative situations. He wants us to think negative. He wants us to stop believing God has the answer. He wants us to think God does not care. Once we fall for it, we will stop praying and believing. In doing so, we have cut ourselves off from God who is the source of our strength. Then we don’t have his strength anymore and have to rely on our own natural strength. This will result in us failing under pressure.
So, if you see any christian failing under pressure, you can be sure that this person has been relying on his/her own strength and this strength is very small. I think it is dumb for christians to rely on our own small strength when we can have access to the unlimited strength from our God.
What is your choice? Do you wish to rely on your small and limited strength? Or will you choose to rely on God’s strength that is unlimited and able to help you to overcome any obstacle that comes to your life?