Day 27 – When We Stumble
How do I get back up after I fall?
A critical point in your spiritual life is when you stumble. It seems to happen when you least expect it. You’re making progress in your growth, such as overcoming bad habits, then, boom! Without warning, you do something “really stupid,” such as suddenly bursting into anger or insulting your best friend.
What we do immediately after we fall is critical. If we’re not careful, we can, out of guilt or shame, draw away from the Lord. “I’ve blown it. I’m a failure.” Or we may try to justify ourselves: “He deserved it!” The further we go down this path, the more difficult it is to recover.
The other path, one of forgiveness, works just the opposite, enabling you to grow even closer to God. The key is to come to Him quickly, in complete honesty about what you’ve done, and ask His forgiveness. You can’t surprise Him or shock Him. He knows everything already—even what you’ve been thinking. What is God’s response? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). What an awesome promise!
Take the initiative. Come each time you stumble, whether your failure was large or small. As you do, you will find that your confidence in His love and full provision for you grows each day.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV)