Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up. – (Proverbs 24:16a, ERV)
God-loyal people don’t stay down long; soon they’re up on their feet again. – (Proverbs 24:16, MSG)
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. – (Proverbs 24:16, NIV)
When the going gets tough, the tough keep going. I have witnessed incredible strength demonstrated in the lives of people in the midst of crazy adversity. What I noticed, is that each of those who had strength to rise when most would have crumbled, were firmly established in their faith. Despite their circumstances and what they were able to see before them, their faith did not waiver. Each time I observe such unflappable faith, I am both in awe and inspired to invest more of my heart in the spaces where I struggle to trust. The goodness of God gives way to strength and hope and help in such spaces, if we are willing to place our trust in Him. We must ask in order for Him to answer, as God does not force His way in, nor does He overtake our hearts and minds. We have a free will and must choose. May we ever make the choice to use our voice and intentionally trust in the Lord and His strength, so that each time we fall, we rise up again.
We can be certain,
That trials will come;
Our resolve tested,
Where will we choose run?
When we trust the Lord,
Seek His strength and might;
We gain the resolve,
To rise up and fight.
No matter the falls,
The times we’re knocked down;
If we trust in Him,
Strength to rise is found.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we trust in You, You give us the strength and resolve to rise again, each time we fall down. Forgive us for the times that we have fallen from Your grace with the choices we have made, and stayed stuck, rather than seeking You for help and forgiveness. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You when we are down, and when things are going well. Help us to keep short accounts, so that we do not divert from the path that You have placed before us. Show us how to love and lead those around us well, so that they too, may rise again, each time that they fall. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust in You and Your strength to help us rise again, each time we fall. Amen.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16