Proverbs 24: 16
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.
Are you a quitter? As children, we knew being called a quitter was bad. Right up there with being a chicken or having cooties. But as adults we know there are times when it’s right to quit, but when?
Certainly, we aren’t called to quit just because things get rough. Or when it takes longer than expected. Or when our feelings get hurt. Or when we’re just plain tired.
I can’t tell you when it’s the right time to quit. That’s between you and God, but I can tell you when to rise up again because the Bible tells me the answer. When you fall! Seven times? Maybe, but it could be even more. Just as Jesus answered Peter when he asked how many times he had to forgive someone–seventy-seven came the answer.
Giving up is easy. Rising up again and again and again isn’t so easy. In fact, it can be quite difficult, but we learn so much when we rise again after the fall. Rising up again strengthens us and matures us as Christians. Each time we rise again that mustard seed of faith grows a bit more as does our dependence on God. And never forget someone somewhere is watching you. Each time you rise, you show the power of God.
I’m struggling now–physically, but not spiritually. In spite of all my health issues, I’m at peace. At least most of the time. I won’t say I don’t get discouraged because I do. But when I am discouraged I remind myself of two different verses.
First, Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Second, Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
As I remind myself of these two wonderful promises, God gives me the strength to rise up and face the day once again.
I pray the same for you.