Proverbs 24:10 (NKJV)
Earthquakes are normally measured by what is known as the Richter scale, which ranges from 1 to 10 depending on the severity of the earthquake. An earthquake that is a 1 on the Richter scale is not even noticeable but an earthquake that is a 4 on the Richter scale is very noticeable and an earthquake stronger than this starts to cause damage to buildings. Some buildings are specifically designed to withstand most earthquakes while some poorly built structures being to fall apart at a much lower level. How well something has been built determines if it will stand when the shaking starts.
How do we deal with difficult situations and the problems that we face? How do we react to news that we did not expect to hear or did not want to hear? When there is a problem or we unexpectedly get some negative news do we just fall apart or do we stand strong? The answers to these questions tell us a lot about how easily we are shaken and how firm our foundation is. As Proverbs 24:10 says "If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small". If we want to stand strong in the day of adversity then we need more strength and a solid foundation.
How easily are we shaken by the challenges we face in life, what is the first reaction we have? Leviticus 26:36 says that the sound of a shaken leaf will make some people flee. This is what life can be like for someone who does not know Jesus, the least little thing can shake them up. As Christians we cannot let just anything that happens shake us and make us lose our hold on what God has said in His Word. We have to develop an absolute trust in God and His ability to help us in every situation to be sure we stand strong and do not get shaken in difficult times. We do this through a continual process of spiritual growth and development. Then, when we face the day of adversity we stand strong and overcome every time!