Proverbs 24:16… “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (KJV).
The word “falleth” refers to being tripped up. Defeats do come in our lives. Failures many times can be blessings. Defeats reveal weaknesses in us so that we can strengthen ourselves to prevent further failures. Proverbs 18:14 reads, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (KJV). The word “sustain” means “to maintain.” As long as you maintain a good spirit, you will never be beaten. Why? Because you will rise again. Defeat is a state of mind. Never lose your perseverance or persistence.
Micah the prophet had a fabulous spirit. Micah 7:8 says, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” What I am seeing in this exhortation is this: even righteous people fall and sit in darkness at times, but they get up. The word “darkness” can refer to turmoil caused by a problem. It can refer to not knowing what to do in your trials and tests. Consider… it took the lion’s den to reveal a Daniel. It took a Patmos to reveal John and the revelation of Jesus in the book of Revelation. It took the fiery furnace to reveal the three Hebrew children in the book of Daniel. Each time you fail, learn something. Don’t be afraid of failure.
Pastor George Belobaba
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