“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” Proverbs 24:10-12
Be Strong in the Day of Adversity
Our strength is revealed in times of crisis. You know the flavour of a tea bag when it gets into hot water. If we faint in the day of adversity, our strength is small. It is in the time of crisis that we must stand firm and be deeply rooted in the Word of God.
Rescue Those Being Led Away to Death
Psalm 1:3 reads “He shall be like a tree planted by steams of water…” rooted in the Word of God. We are commanded to love our neighbour. To do to others, as we want to be done unto. To be just and fair towards those in need and to rescue those being drawn towards slaughter. We should warn, we should interpose, intervene to save life. These are principles you see throughout the Scripture.
God Will Render to Each According to His Actions
“If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?” God knows our thoughts and our motives. “He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?” This is something of a threat. God is our Creator and our Eternal Judge and He is the Sovereign God of the universe. He is the One who determines whether you live or die and when and how you die. If you turn your heart and eyes away from those in need, you are being like the Levite and the priest walking by on the other side of the road. We need to be like the Good Samaritan, doing what needs to be done. To rescue those lying bleeding in the gutter. The parable of the Good Samaritan concludes, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:26-37). “And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”