For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. –Proverbs 24:16
Last night there were thoughts running through my head for what I could post today. I chose to put them to rest and simply wake up this morning, read the Word, and whatever God revealed to me was what I would write.
So, we find ourselves in Proverbs: a book of wisdom, often aimed at younger men and teens. But the themes vary from the benefits of wisdom, the folly of a fool, the dangers of wine and strange women, and obedience to parents. I began reading chapter 24 because today is March 24; I made it all the way to verse 16 without anything jumping out and grabbing me, then I read these words:
A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
It doesn’t say a wise man. It doesn’t say a good man. It says a just man, one who has been vindicated, one who stands justified and blameless. Not that he is faultless, but he is not held to the blame for his faults. This man is not perfect by any means, but he does his best to obey the laws of God and serve and worship Him.
Apply this to Christians, those who have been justified by faith: Christians still sin, they still fall. Nobody os above sin and temptation; even the just fall and fail. But the difference between the just and the wicked is that the just get back up again. The wicked, when they fall, they keep falling further and further.
The thing that makes us human is our ability to fall. The thing that makes us followers of Christ is our ability and desire to get back up and try again. We all fall down, but by the power of God we can get back up.
For the just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. –Proverbs 24:16
Salvation isn’t a reward for the righteous, it’s a gift to the wicked. God doesn’t want the wicked to fall any more than He wants the just to fall. But the hard truth is we all fall. Some of us are at the bottom, looking up, trying to get up again. Some of us can feel ourselves slipping even now. Some of us just got back on our feet again and we’re praying not to fall anymore.
We don’t have to fall. God’s purpose for your life is obedience to Him and a faultless, sinless heart. We will never fully achieve that in this life, but we can strive for it. With God’s help we don’t have to fall.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, –Jude 1:24
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist