Book: Proverbs 24
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”
One of the first things we learn from this proverb is that godly people are not perfect. They make mistakes and sin. Sometimes they even make the unwise choice multiple times. So what is the difference between the godly and the wicked? The wise and godly, acknowledge their wrong choice, repent of it and receive the forgiveness from God. Because Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, the godly receive that gift and are able to stand back up and keep going. They know that Jesus loves them and will help them succeed.
Psalm 37:23-24 brings this thought out where it says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” Notice that “the Lord holds them by the hand”. What a great promise! Even when the godly and wise mess up God is still holding their hand. He is protecting and guiding them. The godly might have let go of God’s wisdom but God is still holding on tightly to them.
The tendency towards those who are caught doing wrong, but have been following God in the past, is to jump on them and declare that they are no longer fit to serve. This seems to be the opposite to what God’s word is teaching. He wants His people to repent – stand back up, and keep going. King David sinned but God was not finished with him. Once David repented, God moved him along. Did David experience consequences for his actions? Yes, but God still continued to use him. God is in the redeeming business. We need to be careful that we do not hold people down when they have repented because God is holding their hand. God wants to move them along.
Be encouraged this day that God is holding your hand. If you do something wrong, confess it and receive the forgiveness that God has for you. Then keep going! Oh, yes, and if you repeat the same mistake, confess it and receive the forgiveness that God has for you. Just don’t use this as an excuse to sin.