Jeremiah 8:4, “Thus saith the Lord, Shall they fall, and not arise? Shall he turn away and not return?”
Have you failed recently? Or have you fallen into a hole right now? You feel stuck and don’t know how to get out. We have all been in this place. But I want to remind you that you don’t have to stay down, you don’t have to stay in your hole and you don’t have to continue feeling like a failure! God has promised that when you fall, you will rise again.
I like the NLT translation of Jeremiah 8:4, “This is what the Lord says: when people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they start down the wrong road and discover their mistake, don’t they turn back?” It is instinctive within us to get up again. Watch a little baby learning to walk. He falls over many times, but every time he gets up, with a smile on his face, and off he goes again. We continue to fall throughout our lives. It is part of life. But we are not meant to stay down. We were born to get up again! Here are some other Scriptures to encourage you:
Job 5:19, “He shall deliver thee in six troubles; yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.”
Psalm 37:23-24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
Psalm 40:2-3, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” You don’t have to stay in your pit of despair. Put your hand up to the Lord He will take hold of it and pull you out, no matter how far you have sunk in the mud and the mire. He will do more than that. He will put a new song in your mouth. People will not only see it, they will see the joy on your face.
Proverbs 24:16, “A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” Is it just the wicked who fall? No. it is the godly also. You don’t have to feel a failure for falling—as long as you get up again! The NLT translates is, “They may trip seven times, and each time they will arise.” Take heart from these words. I want you read them again… “each time they will arise.” Each time you will arise too.
Micah 7:8, “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.”
Thank God for this wonderful hope.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Thank you, Lord, for your encouragement to me that when I fall I will arise again. I thank you that you are the lifter up of my head, and you are my deliverer when I fall. Amen.”
God lifts me up, He is my Friend!
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