There are certainly times when a picture is worth a thousand words… but there are also occasions when a single word conveys volumes.
When King Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) invaded southern Greece, he sent a message to the Spartans: “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.”
The Spartans’ reply was just one word: “If.”
One of my favorite one-word-speaks-volumes moments in Scripture comes with Christ addressing Peter:
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
He said, “When.”
The God of the Universe–who came down in human perfection, knows my faults and failings better than anyone, paid the cruel price for them, and loves me unconditionally in spite of them–has faith in ME. Though my faith falters at times, His does not…. He said, “When.”
On days when our struggles seem great, rest in the knowledge that our God is greater. Sometimes, it’s not our faith, but HIS faith that sustains us. Let’s cling to “when.”