Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.
Proverbs 24:16 CEV
As you begin and continue your walk with Christ, there will be times when you will miss the mark, also known as sin. Romans 3:23 states that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Missing God’s lead will happen and it’s best not to be condemned when it does. You’ll stumble at times and you may even fall flat on your face, but God is good and He is faithful to His children. He won’t let you stay down; He’ll pick you up and place you on the right path. Yes, conviction may come with it, but conviction brings growth whereas condemnation brings guilt. Conviction is from God and condemnation is from the devil. The devil will make you feel like you’re the worst Christian in the world because you can’t seem to stay on course. He’ll make you feel like God is mad at you and He won’t forgive you because you’re such a disappointment to Him. Luckily, God’s Word is true (see 1 John 1:9) and the devil is a liar (see John 8:44). When you know what the Word says about how God feels about you, it becomes easy to block out the lies of the devil.
Think about it like this. When we are born, we don’t come out of the womb walking. We first learn to crawl and then we learn to walk. Because we’ve never walked before, we lose our balance and fall many times. When a baby falls, they get up and try again. They keep trying until eventually they learn how to control their balance when they take steps. They don’t let falling defeat them. Likewise, their parents don’t punish them because they fall, but rather they take them by the hand, help lift them up, and help them get their feet on solid ground. Parents even go as far as to take steps with their child. You and God are no different. If you’ve never walked with Christ before, you will make some mistakes—it’s a guarantee because you’re human. You can’t let a couple of setbacks keep you down. God is so merciful and loving that He will pick you up, place your feet on solid ground, take you by the hand, and walk with you side by side.
If you get off the course for your life, repent and ask the Lord to help you get back on track. He will not turn His back on you. God is your friend, not your enemy. When you fall you should run to God and not from Him. The relieving part is because God loves you so much, even if you wait too long to come to Him, He’ll come find you.
Meditation Scripture (s):
The LORD then said to Joshua, “Stand up! Why are you on the ground? (Joshua 7:10 HCSB)
If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up. (Psalm 37:24 GNT)