Thursday’s Thought

For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief (Proverbs 24:16).

It seems to be the common case where good and evil; godly and ungodly; righteous and unrighteous are compared. In this verse, two different words are translated “falleth.” The word used describing the just man presents the idea of falling, as a house or city in war; the word used in connection with the wicked man describes one who falls through weakness.

Presented also is the difference in the results of the fall: the just man falls, but then gets back up; the wicked man falls and cannot get back up. The child of God does not live a life, perfect without sin, but is made perfect in Christ Jesus.

Yes, the child of God does sin; no, the child of God does not remain in that sin. The child of God desires to live without sin and it is the blood of Jesus that removes the sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). 

The old adage is true: to be a success, you just have to get up one more time than you fall down. As a child of God, we desire not to fall; But, when we fall, we can get back up. Seven times, once to each of the seven congregations, Jesus said to the seven churches of Asia that they can “overcome.”  By be power of Jesus Christ, the christian of the first century could overcome the wiles of Satan; by the power of Jesus Christ, the christian of the twenty-first century can overcome the wiles of Satan.

One of the great blessings enjoyed in Christ Jesus, is the fact that we can be forgiven of all sins.  The only sin which cannot be forgiven is the sin of which is not repented. God desires everyone to repent (Acts 17:30), because God desires no one to be eternally lost (II Peter 3:9).

Satan will help us fall; the Savior will help us stand. Thank God for the power to stand.