Getting Up After a Fall
Psalm 37:23-24, The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
My favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios. I like Honey Nut Cheerios not only because it tastes good, I also like it because you can’t sink the Cheerio no matter how many times you attempt to sink it. It keeps resurfacing to the top. You’re not defeated by getting knocked down in life, you’re only defeated when you refuse to get back up. The righteous may fall, but they will get back up. The question is not whether we ever fail, but whether we get back up when we do. You cannot be defeated by the enemy; you can only lose by giving up. Don’t let defeats or setbacks discourage you. Instead, commit yourself to standing firm and not giving up no matter how tough things get.
God will be faithful and just to guide and direct our steps (Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6). God delights in the path of the righteous. Even as a parent delights in the steps of an obedient child, so does our heavenly Father (Psalm 11:7). Though the righteous may stumble along the path of life, He will be kept from falling over the abyss. God will grab you and lift you back up with His hand (Psalm 37:17; 63:8). Every parent has grabbed their toddler as he or she was about to fall. God has promised the same for the righteous.
Failure is not final with God. God is willing to give those who fail a second chance to serve Him. Many of God’s best servants experienced some failure in their lives. Those who came back to God were given another great work to do. Witness Jonah in the deep; Elijah (I Kings 19:1-4); Peter (John 18:15-27); Mark (Acts 15:36-41). Though met with trouble, God providentially preserved them.
Here are some promises to keep in mind when you fall short of your expectations:
Your steps are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).
When you fall, you will not be utterly cast down because God is upholding you with His hand (Psalm 37:24).
The rock of your strength and your refuge is in God, not yourself (Psalm 62:7).
God has begun a work in you which will continue until you get to Heaven — you’re a work in progress (Philippians 1:6)
God’s grace is sufficient for you (II Corinthians 12:9).
God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).
One of the best things you can do is learn to see yourself as God does. He loves you no matter how many times you fall. Remember this, and you will keep moving forward, no matter how many times you fall.
Prayer: Father, it’s so obvious that I am quite an ordinary sinner when I look at my life. It’s comforting and convicting to know that godly people can fall so far, and yet, You never give up on us. Help me to see areas of my life where I am prone to fall. Forgive me when I do and help me get back in line with Your will for my life. Never let me lose my sense of dependence on You. Keep me pressing on as I follow in Your Son’s steps, realizing it is Your plan to use my time here to grow me into someone more and more like Him. Your will be done, Father, in Jesus’ name, amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.