When we have fallen into sin—and that includes not doing what we know is right—the way to “stumble forward” is to refrain from rationalizing. We must not lean on our own understanding, but instead fear the Lord, call sin by name, and turn away from evil as we confess that sin to God.
Stumbling forward includes:
(1) Repenting and turning away from sin—recognizing all sin is first an offence against God;
(2) Renewing our mind with the truth of God’s Word;
(3) Remembering and resting in our forgiveness;
(4) Resisting the devil as we draw near to God with a purified heart;
(5) Resolving to never give up our hope in God;
(6) Reaching out to those who can help us with counsel, support and accountability.
What a comfort that when we fall and hit rock bottom, God desires to restore us. He wants to help us. He responds as a tender Father to our humble repentance and desire to live for Him. Stumbling forward, then, is walking restored by the Lord through our continual “broken and contrite heart.”