I’ve Fallen and I Can Get Up!
You might read the title of this article and say, “Hey, that’s not how the slogan goes!” In the 80s and 90s, predominantly, and still today there is a famous commercial for a company called Life Alert. Life Alert sells a device that the elderly can just hand around their neck and in the case that they fall, or something else tragic, they have the ability to reach emergency services and call for help. Products like this exists because, quite honestly, there is an expectation for the elderly to fall; elderly are weaker and more prone to accidents.
Spiritually, while there is the expectation that the Christian will walk (1 Jn 1:7), there is also the reality that our flesh is weak (Matt 26:41) and that we will fall from time to time. However, when we do fall, we will not stay down, rather we will rise up. Proverbs 24:16 says, “for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” We will rise up because we have a lifeline, whereas the worldly will stay down because they have no ear to call upon. Psalm 118:13-16, “I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, He has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right hand of the LORD does valiantly, the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.’”
I am sure glad to have an almighty helping hand by my side. I am sure you are too. Praise God! Keep rising up! Keep serving Him!