You’ve heard the saying, “What goes up must come down.” But what about the opposite of that? When something is down, should it get back up? In life, when my mind fills with thoughts of defeat, I really don’t want to get back up. My erroneous logic says, “Why get back up if I’m going to fall again?” It would seem that staying down is the easier option.
Too many times, I’ve been tempted to give up on my son, Gabriel. Feeling inadequate to homeschool him and, moreover, to parent him brings me such despair that I try to convince myself that staying down in the pit is better than climbing halfway only to fall to the bottom over and over again.
Are there things in your life that are bringing you down? Trials that feel too heavy to bear. Perhaps there are sin issues that have not been dealt with that are a cause for your stumbling. What do you do when, in this walk of life, you stumble and fall hard? Maybe you’re one of those that can quickly get back up. In my middle school, many students would hang out in a large open area during the lunch break. Once in a while, someone would run across, lose his footing, and take an embarrassing fall. If he’s not badly hurt, he would quickly get up and run at the same pace as if nothing happened, hoping not to hear all the snickering behind him. And life moves on. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those, especially when it comes to the spiritual falls. It takes a lot to get me up and what inevitably gets me up and walking again is God’s faithful Word.
“… for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16)
Seven is the number of fullness. The falls can reach the maximum, but the righteous gets back up each time. I’ve fallen a lot. Too many to count. And though it may not be immediately after each fall, I have always risen again. Not on my own, though, for I cannot say I’m righteous apart from Jesus Christ. And this I am assured of: I can be in the deepest pit of despair, but Christ’s power will always enable me to get up and start climbing again.
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