A Closer Walk
A man once remarked, "I'm batting a thousand. Every time I get up, someone knocks me down." He said this in jest of course. But the other side of that coin is, every time he is knocked down, he picks himself up. "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity," Proverbs 24:16 NASB. A righteous person may fall seven times; but each and every time we get back up. Falling seems to be a part of our humanness. None of us are perfect.
When we fall, we get back up. Is there really any other option, or another alternative? We must get back up. Otherwise we can't walk the path our God has put before us. We must rise again, as the scripture says, in order to go where our Lord is directing us. Sometimes it seems that life consists of getting out of bed, dressing ourselves, and putting one foot in front of the other. But during these days, we sometimes have divine appointments. People who cross our path, both friends and strangers, may need a kind word, a bit of encouragement, or even a quick prayer about a specific need. If we don't rise again after being knocked down or falling, we will miss out on these appointments which are ordained by our Heavenly Father. And therefore, we would miss the blessing that would come from these divine encounters.
The wicked stumble in time of calamity. Perhaps because they can only see their own need, and not someone else's. Before we were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ we made ourselves the sovereign ruler of our hearts. We looked only to our own needs and our own wants. Our eyes and spirits were clouded by our selfishness. Yet we were no more, nor less, important than anyone else. But most of us did eventually accept the salvation offered by our God and we joined His Kingdom. To our God each of us is the most important person on earth. Why? Because the Lord God Almighty sent His Only Begotten Son to pay the penalty for the sins each of us commit. And He did that on the cross. Some pastors say, “We weren't the only one He came to save, but He would have come if we were the only one to save.”
In various times and in different seasons each of us can need help. And that help needs to come from some person. Have a flat tire? Someone who knows how to change a flat and has the tools to do it would be a huge help. Agreed? So that person's help enables us to get back up and continue our walk on the path that our loving Heavenly Father has chosen for us. To continue that journey we must rise again whenever we get knocked down or we fall. We must get back up.
Even though we may get knocked down, or we may fall seven times, our rightful place is not down, but up and continuing to walk down our individual and various paths. So we must rise again after a fall. We must get up.