When our backs are against the wall sometimes we forget our own “religion”. The counsel that we give others during “good times” is suddenly not applicable to us in times of trouble. This hypocrisy is the equivalent to unraveling the yarn from a sweater knitted with love or driving a freshly washed car through mud and dust. If through actions you undo the same things that you have built with words; you cancel out everything that you preached.
In today mortgage crisis many “faithful” people have lost their hope before losing their home. In ancient times the consequence for “non-payment” was a bit more extreme than today. In 2 King 4:1 it speaks of a woman “of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen”. In this verse the woman’s “sons” were the collateral for their debt. Her urgency for a solution was great but she did not depart from her faith; instead she declared how she did “fear the LORD”. Her faith puts her in front of the right solution and as you read on, she overcame by having enough to pay the creditor; with extra to maintain her household. Our trials reveal (through action) our true responses that our words disguise.