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Recognizing Our Shortcomings

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!  Proverbs 24:10 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Imagine a band of aspiring adventurers.

They have a great and epic journey ahead of them. Their purpose is to slay the dragon within a mountain lair that travels deep into the heart of the earth. Within the dragon’s inner sanctum, treasure and riches have yet to be plundered. Gems, gold, silver. They’re all there. They gather all the materials needed for the initial parts of their journey—sharpening their swords, adjusting their armor, and gathering the steeds to carry all they need.

Along the way of green pastures, they march on an open trail. However, the side of the road slides downward on the left side, leaving a decent blind spot. Underneath the blind spot, a group of bandits hide, making ready to assault the caravan. When the surprise attack comes, most of their materials are robbed and half of the company is dead. They look to the left side of the road and feel foolish.

We are not supermen by any means, and if we fall short in certain circumstances, our strength is indeed too small. Regardless of what mistakes we make during conflict and of what adversity may follow, if we give way amid a challenge, it shows we need greater strength.

The Lord doesn’t want us to rely solely on our strength, for our strength is insufficient for the physical and spiritual battles we face daily. If we do anything, we should rely on the Lord as our refuge and strength. In our time of trouble, we can lean on Him.

When we attempt any sort of feat, we should seek the Lord’s counsel and consider His way of doing things. If knowledge and wisdom are strength and power, how much better we would be to rely on His strength rather than our own.

As you journey with the Lord, remember to put on the full armor of God and that the Holy Spirit is greater than those within the world.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Jordan Zuniga

Jordan Zuniga is an emerging devotional writer and poet. He has multiple pieces on Instagram @cccreativewriter.