The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? -Proverbs 18:14 KJV
A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? -Proverbs 18:14 ESV
This will get … heavy.
We hear stories all the time about the two kinds of people who deal with deadly illness, such as cancer:
- Those who barely survive or even give up and die, or
- Those who not only fight but seem to thrive!
How do we describe these people?
By their spirit!
A fighting spirit. A spirit of life. A strong spirit.
Or a frail spirit. A tired spirit. Even a crushed spirit. Those who have given up on hope.
As Christians, we are encouraged to encourage those who have lost hope. We are expected to be more strong-spirited, if for no other reason than to encourage others.
I think of my mom, who passed away from cancer in August 2014. It was sudden and a shock, but she was strong. We saw more people turn to God as she abruptly faded away because of her unwavering faith in God.
I think of Jesus’ words:
But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
Luke 20:17-18, ESV
My mother’s body was broken. But my mom fell on Christ and certainly was not crushed. I know my father nearly felt so, but he was emotionally broken.
The great thing about being broken for God is that He can use you for great things.
But being crushed . . .
. . . all that is left is to be ground into powder (Luke 20:18, KJV).
Do you have hope, or have you abandoned all hope?
Do you fall on Christ, or or are you waiting for His crushing return?