- Joe Norton
Wrinkles in Our Lives (6/9/2019)
“If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
Life is not always laid out for us in a smoothly-wrapped package. The reality is that life can have wrinkles. Sometimes these wrinkles are small and only somewhat annoying, but sometimes the wrinkles are big ones that make our package look surprisingly messy.
Wrinkles represent adversities in our lives. So, what do we do when adversity comes along? The preacher here tells us how not to react. We are not to allow adversity to defeat us because such action indicates weakness.
Rather, hopefully, we allow our reasonable, logical self to take over: we assess what has happened, give attention to the part of the package where we find wrinkles, and take steps to smooth them out.
In doing so, we rise up from the ashes of a discouraging situation and use the lessons learned to become a better, stronger Christian. We allow ourselves to be empowered by the challenges the adversity presents to us, and we show our strength of faith by meeting the difficulties positively.