“A righteous person may fall seven times, but he gets up again.” Proverbs 24:16 (GW)
How resilient are you? When you fall, do you land like a basketball or a bowling ball? Proverbs says that, even, righteous people fall. In Ecclesiastes the Bible says, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.” The Apostle Paul may have had that in mind when he wrote to the Romans and said,
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
And, just in case there was any room for doubt, Romans 3:10 says,
“No one is righteous – not even one.”
So, the question isn’t if you will fall at times; the question is when you fall, what then? Your fall doesn’t have to be fatal! If you’re still occupying space and taking in oxygen, there is hope! There is no sin greater than God’s grace.
How does a righteous man get up when he’s fallen? By grace! Grace lifts us from our fallen state and offers us a place beside Christ to sit in heavenly realms! Grace gives us what we don’t deserve – forgiveness and favor! And, grace is unlimited! That’s great news for those of us who’ve blown it multiple times! This doesn’t mean that grace is a license to sin. Rather, grace offers comeback capacity – the resilience to bounce back, to learn from our mistakes, and the power and desire to do God’s will. When you’re so filled with guilt you can’t even lift your head, grace restores your dignity and worth! David understood that, when feeling a failure as a father and on the run from his own son, and he prayed in Psalm 3:3
“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”
What love! What mercy! God, in His matchless grace, stoops down to lift us up when we’ve fallen – even if it was our own fault! David experienced that grace! He said:
“The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” Psalm 51:17 (NCV)
You may be a product of your past, but you don’t have to be a prisoner to it! Jesus Christ came to set the prisoner free! There is hope when the godly fall. What does Proverbs tell us to do when we’ve fallen? Get up! Learn from your past; don’t live in it anymore. Then, move forward with God into the glorious future He has for you! So, Get up! Get over it! Get on with God!