“For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16
The biggest question in developing a healthy and successful life is not are you going to fall. You will. The difference between the righteous and the wicked, this text says, is not that one falls and the other doesn’t. The greatest issue is what you do after you fall. “Seven” was the Hebrew word for “infinity” which means falling (sin) happens often so we better be prepared to deal with it.
Peter and Judas both fell when Jesus was arrested. Peter denied Jesus with cursing while Judas betrayed Him for money. Judas chose to give up instead of get up and ended his life in shame. Peter decided to get up by sincerely repenting and became the great apostle. You can follow in Peter’s footsteps to success after failure.
How do you get up like Peter after you have fallen?
- Confess your sins. Ask God to forgive you on the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who paid for all your sins.
- Repent from sin. Repent means a change of mind that leads to a change of action. To ask God’s forgiveness and then go back into the same old tempting situations is not sincere repentance. Take steps to prevent being led into temptation again. Remove yourself from tempting things and situations. Set safe boundaries to reduce temptations as much as possible.
- Grow in your walk with God by being in the Bible daily and with God’s people. It is impossible to fall into sin at the exact same time you are focused on following Christ.
- Serve in ministry. Judas selfishly gave up while Peter increased his service to God and others. This still works. Go for it.
Are you tempted to give up on your walk with God? Your family? Your group? Your church involvement? Your service for God? Don’t give up. Get up! With God’s help you can walk again in joyful success.
How does a baby learn to walk? By getting up and stepping forward again and again until it is established. You need to do the same thing in your walk with God. You can become a life-changing Peter or defeated failure. It all depends on what you do after you fall. What steps will you take today?
Posted on Thu, July 7, 2011
by Jay Pankratz