“Falling Down or Falling Away?”

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16
I remember as a child, whenever I would fall down and hurt my self, I would get up and try again. It never crossed my mind that falling down meant giving up, or that I shouldn’t give it another try. As I got older, fear and worry crept in, making me more cautious about falling down and repeating failures, I had forgotten I was human and no one is perfect but God.

The Bible is full of stories of men and women who fell and kept falling.

David’s life is the first one that comes to everyone’s mind. We all have heard how David fell by committing adultery with Bathsheba, how he killed so many people, wasn’t a good father, lied, and cheated. He fell repeatedly, but it never stopped him from going back to God for forgiveness. He knew he wasn’t perfect and he needed God in his life. Falling down didn’t mean falling away from God.

Sarah did not believe what the Lord had promised her, she thought she was too old to have a child, she laughed at God. She made Abraham her husband lie down with Hagar, her servant, so he could have a child, she was impatient and couldn’t wait on God’s timing. She allowed her husband to lie to Pharaoh because of fear, telling him that she was his sister, forgetting the power of God. She fell and made mistakes, but she knew who her Lord was. Falling down didn’t mean falling away from God.

Peter spent 3 years with Jesus. He saw and performed miracles, he knew the Savior personally, but he fell. Many times, Jesus had to remind him of the miracles he had seen because he lost faith. He would get angry easily, he even cut a man’s ear off, it was hard for him to control his temper and his actions. He denied knowing Jesus three times, he cursed because he was afraid, he was more concerned about what people thought than what Jesus thought. He fell many times but never stopped believing and preaching about Jesus. Falling down didn’t mean falling away from God.

Have you committed adultery, lied, are a bad parent, and thought of killing someone like David?
Have you laughed at God in disbelief, do things your way, allow others to use you for the wrong, and ask those you love to commit a sin like Sarah?
Have you lost faith, can’t control your temper and actions, hurt someone physically and denied being a christian and knowing God like Peter?

David never stopped asking for forgiveness and God called him a man after His own heart.
Sarah was protected by God and he changed her name to mean Princess.
Peter never stopped preaching the good news about Jesus and His love, and many gave their lives to Him. He is one of the greatest leaders of the early church.

We all fall, over and over again. We are humans, we make mistakes, we aren’t perfect and God knows that. He knows we need His help to get up and try again. It is important to know that even though we fall, we can go to God, He will forgive us and continue loving us. Falling down should never mean falling away from Him because of our mistakes. No one loves us more than Jesus, so get up and try it again, He is ready to give you a hand!

Prayer: Lord, I keep falling down and making so many mistakes. Please forgive me. Help me to get up and try again. I know you love me and want the best for me. I want my life to be an inspiration to others, that they may see that falling down doesn’t mean falling away from you. Amen.

Joanne