In our Christian walk, it can seem discouraging when hard things happen or when we make mistakes. There are so many Bible characters that seemed to make major mistakes–but we still look at them as heroes:
- Noah got drunk.
- Abraham lied about Sarah only being his sister and he didn’t trust God and took a second wife.
- Jacob was known as the trickster/liar.
- Moses killed a man and suffered regular anger management issues.
- Gideon was a coward who eventually led the people into idolatry.
- Samson suffered from a lack of self control.
- David fell into lust.
- Solomon allowed his wives to lead himself and Israel into idolatry.
- Many of the “good kings” in Kings and Chronicles made major mistakes that often cost them their kingdoms.
Proverbs 24:16 says: for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
And you can get back up. You don’t need to be discouraged. The important part is not never falling, but always getting back up. We’ve all heard it a hundred times, but it bears repeating. It goes for the church too–no matter what happens we can always get back up. We can always make the choice to never give up. We can always commit—both individually and collectively—to choose unity, to choose surrender, to choose to help each other…
Get Back Up.