Devotion for 6/25/2020
“If you faint in the day of adversity,
    your strength being small;”
Proverbs 24:10
      A couple of weeks ago, I learned about the scripture, “Proverbs 24:10” while watching the Emanuel Documentary.
      The Emanuel documentary outlines the aftermath of the massacre of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. A time when a young man Dylan Roof who is said to have been confirmed in an ELCA church killed 9 African Americans while they gathered for bible studies.
      In the documentary, Chris Singleton, a young African American man whose mother was one of the victims of the shooting told his story of how days before his mother was killed, while preparing for a baseball game, he opened his bible and came across the scripture, Proverbs 24:10, which read, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength being small;”. He said, his initial thought about the scripture was to help him prepare for the game, but few days after, he realized that this scripture was actually preparing him for the loss of his mother. The scripture he explained, helped him deal with his new reality – the loss of his mother. He also says, it helped him stay strong to the point where he was able to say to the victim, “I forgive you”.
      So many times, when we are faced with adversities we crumble and fall, we give up hope and sometimes we lash out at others and God. In the book of Proverbs, God gives us his best wisdom, the wisdom to make right choices and the grace to follow through. The message in this scripture, is that when we fall to adversities, we are allowing our spirits to sink, and we grow feeble and unfit for anything.
      We become unfit and weak to pray, then we stop believing, and all hope is gone. As Christians and children of God, this is a place we don’t want to find ourselves. God has given us his promise of love and hope and therefore we must stay strong knowing that he cares for us. Like Chris Singleton, who lost his mother in the Emmanuel shooting, let us be strong and not fall to adversities. Let us be willing to fight the enemy with love and forgiveness. Let us be of good courage and allow God to strengthen our hearts.
Dear God, we thank you for loving us so much that you gave us your only son, Jesus Christ. When we are faced with adversities and fall on our knees, strength our hearts so that we can stay strong. Remind us of your love and may your light continue to shine upon us, in Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Nyahaley Labor