HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
The adage, “You can’t keep a good man down” is a biblical concept. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again.”
The Bible shares many examples of believers who stumbled spiritually, sometimes paying a dreadful price for their sin. But they didn’t stay down. By God’s grace and with His help, they got up and started walking with Him again.
- David fell into tremendous sin, but once again walked with the Lord and penned warnings and encouragement for God’s people.
- Jacob lied repeatedly, but later God used him to raise up and teach the truth to twelve sons who became the leaders of Israel’s tribes.
- Cowardly Peter stumbled badly when he denied his Lord, yet he rose up in the power of Christ and became a courageous leader in the New Testament church.
Satan wants us to believe God is done with us when we stumble and fall. But this is not the truth. Paul said that because of Christ’s work in us, “we are struck down but not destroyed.” We can get up and get going again in our Lord’s resurrection power.
God is always interested in and concerned about stumbling saints. He desires to uphold those who are in the process of falling; and yet, if they do fall, they are not “utterly cast down.” God’s hand is always stretched out to lift up sinners and get them walking with Him again. Those who delight in Him will be blessed as they refuse to walk in step with the wicked.