The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Falling is Part of Life
Falling and failure are part of life. Most of us have or will have a great fall. It may be a financial fall, could be a relational fall, or even a moral fall. No matter what your fall looks like, it is common to all of us.
I love that this verse says, “though he fall.” It doesn’t say, “If he falls.” We can take great comfort in knowing that our failures and falls aren’t unique to us.
God Knows You
Just as a father expects his little child to fall at times, God knows what you are made of. He knows you sometimes stumble and fall. He knows sometimes you don’t pay attention, and can step right into a hole.
The good news is that when you fall, it’s not forever. For the Christian, there never has to be a fatal fall. Go back and read that sentence again. You never have a fatal fall. You can survive, get back up, and keep going. Why? Because God has you by the hand. He is there ready to pull you back up and get you going again.
Remember that windswept night when Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water to Jesus? He experienced epic success and epic failure all within a few moments. After a short walk on top of the water, his faith faltered, and he began to sink. Instead of scolding Peter for his lack of faith, Jesus simply reached down and lifted him up. They walked together on the water back to the boat.
That’s what Jesus is doing for you today. If you have fallen, don’t stay down. If you have stumbled and messed life up, allow Jesus to reach down and pick you up. Your fall doesn’t have to be fatal, because Jesus has you by the hand.
Look at that promise again.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24
Make these confessions.
Failure and falling are part of life.
When I fall, I will not stay down.
My failure doesn’t have to be fatal.
Today, Jesus has me by the hand.
In Jesus Name,
3 Anniversary Virtual Ministry Celegrace
Join me October 11 @ 7 PM
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