Proverbs 24:16,”for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,..” (NIV)
One of the most frustrating things is dealing with failures. There is no joy in knowing you have fallen or failed. Competitions have winners and losers, that is how it is set up. We cheer up for winners and we rejoice when we are winners but what do we do when we fall and or fail? You may be frustrated with yourself right now over failing to meet a deadline, or failing an exam, or failing to win what you hoped to win. What about failing to please the Lord with your life, fell in sin or sinned so bad again that you wondered if there was any more mercy left for you.
You have fallen many times and each time you asked for forgiveness and mercy and they were granted each time. This time you feel you have fallen too hard and too far and you do not believe any mercy is left on your God reserved personal account to be released to you. I have encountered some people who were so mad at themselves over how they failed, they would not even forgive themselves over the past failures. It is not like God had not forgiven them, God had and moved on but they found it so hard to forgive themselves over what they did. God forgot about it, but they keep reminding God of what they did. That is what is pulling them down and hindering their progression with God. Failing is part of life, we don’t want to fail yes but at times it comes and we can either use it to advance ourselves by learning from it or use it to put ourselves down.
Proverbs 24:16,”for though a righteous man falls seven times, “. “Though” indicates that there is possibility, an indication that a righteous man may and will fall, and not ones but several times. We can trace its origin from Adam and all who came after him failed the test even before taking it. Falling is not an option however it does happen as you grow and as you walk to your destination, making choices that will lead you there. There are some things you have no control over that will either make you win or lose. The key is to realize that there are possibilities and what you do when you fall or fail matters a lot. Jesus understood that though His disciples were strong while He was with them, there was going to come a time when they would face challenges and even fail. In Luke 22:31, “31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32, But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Peter was not planning on failing but the devil was determined make him fail and Jesus knew it yet He did not even stop the situation from happening. All He did was to let Peter know what awaited him and what He had done for him in the situation. Jesus said to him, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail“. In other words, everything can and may fail but when you have faith in God, that faith will cause you to rise up again and keep moving. You have enough faith in God to work with when the flesh fails and even when all you hoped and dreamed for fails. A righteous man falls seven times and he rises again because He has enough faith to work with. When one falls or fails, what happens? They still have enough pieces of things they need to assemble themselves back together again. Jesus told him, “when you have returned to me“, this was an indication that his failure would move him further from the Lord but his faith in Christ will somehow bring him back to find the Lord and encounter with him again. God would use his experience to strength other brothers who would face situations like his.
Have you fallen or failed? the bible says the “righteous” man not the “wicked” falls seven times but he keeps on rising because he has faith to pick him/herself up again. You can’t keep crying over spilled milk, don’t you understand you have enough to work with to get you back on your feet again? You have faith to believe that God can forgive you and faith to believe God can help you rise again and give you new avenues for progression. 1John 2:1-2, “1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world”. John writes that we should not sin however if we do, we have Jesus to advocate for us before the Father. You only fail when you don’t rise, therefore RISE, you have enough to work with, faith in God. Blessings Ev, God’s servant