There was a movie that was made years ago that is still very popular today because of the main character in the movie. The name of the movie was also the name of the main character. The movie was simply entitled, “Rocky.” One of the reasons that movie became such a hit because the boxer, named Rocky, was the ultimate underdog, and he never, ever quit. He was fighting the champion, but every time he got knocked to the canvas, he would pull himself back up and get back in the fight.
This really is a picture of our Christian lives. We are sinners by our natures trying to please a perfect, pure, righteous and holy God. We will fall, we will fail, and we will need to stand back up again. The Bible simply says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). Every person reading this devotional today is going to have times in your life when you fall. There is no one that is exempt from falling. There is no such thing as a “super-spiritual” Christian. All of us at best are simply sinners who have been saved by grace! We are very clearly warned that if we think we are standing, we should take heed, or pay attention, because we will then fall.
I don’t want to waste time debating the fact that we all will fall. What I would like to focus on is that “getting back up again” part. It is not hard to fall … it is sometimes hard to get back up. Sometimes it’s hard to get back up because we cannot believe that God could forgive us. Please understand that that way of thinking is sin. It is sin because it involves doubting the mercy of God. It is sin because we assume that our God is not capable of that kind of forgiveness. It is sin because the very character of God is questioned and all of the promises He makes throughout the Bible are in doubt. Don’t question God’s ability to help you get back up. Don’t even wonder if God could ever use you again. God can do things that are impossible with men.
Do not misunderstand … I am not saying that there will be no consequences to our sin. There is always a time of reaping what we have sown. What we plant will definitely grow some fruit that we might not like but we will need to deal with. The emphasis of this verse is that when we fall, we need to stand up and go on with our lives, trusting God to bring triumph out of tragedy. He can do what we think is impossible, all to create a trophy of His grace. Don’t stay down. Get back up and allow God to use you again!
“Don’t let failure discourage you.” – Curtis Hutson