“Don’t interfere with good people’s lives; don’t try to get the best of them. No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces.” Proverbs 24:15-16
I love how the NIV phrases verse 16:
“…for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.”
Seven times (based on Proverbs 6:16-19):
- Haughty eyes… the reflection of a proud heart.
- Lying tongue… the deceitfulness of speech.
- Distrusting hands… self-centered actions that cause ruin.
- Wicked heart… the pursuit of personal gain.
- Evil feet… a readiness that walks into sin.
- False witness… no word spoken can be trusted.
- A character of dissension… a slanderous nature.
This passage is basically reminding each of us that we are all human. Ain’t no such thing as a perfect Christian.
We will fumble over our words.
We will behave dishonestly.
Our hearts will deceive us.
Our eyes will fail.
We will trip up, down, and all around, because we are in ever need of a Saviour.
We will rise again because there is perspective in the pain and purpose to the struggle.
It means, no matter how many times the enemy tries to wear us down, he won’t get the best of us.
It means, no matter how many times we tumble, fail and land flat on our faces, we press on towards the goal for which God has called us.
It means, when everyone else seems to collapsing under the pressure, we won’t stay down because God-loyal people don’t stay down long.
Because wisdom tells us to trust in the Lord…
Wisdom tells us to not lean on our own understanding…
Wisdom tells us to acknowledge Him in all our ways…
And wisdom tells us that He will make the path straight so we are able to rise again.