Proverbs 24: King James Bible
Rise up Again – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty four, Verses 15-16
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Rise up Again
The two verses above serve as a warning to the wicked, and also a reminder to the just. It is a direct warning to the wicked, personally addressing them in the first verse, and continuing in the second.
Through this warning to the wicked, the just are reminded of the resilience we have, to carry on against all odds. If he who rose Christ from the dead dwells in us, we should never be surprised when we wind up back on our feet after a fall.
This in my opinion, is a place where I don’t believe the Holy Ghost was using the number seven in a literal sense. I’m sure he used it for a distinct purpose, but I’ve got no clue what that may be at this time. He likes to do that, and surprise us down the road when he opens our eyes to something wonderful, as finding buried treasure.
But for now, I believe he’s throwing it out there, as if to say a just man can fall over and over again, yet rise up again. I don’t believe that the number given is a literal cut off point. For instance if we fall an eighth time we won’t get back up; or won’t fall again after the seventh time. Know what I mean?
The Lord is trying to say that nobody will keep the just down, regardless of how many times one may stumble or fall, there is a Father there to life him back up every time. not said for the wicked. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.
That’s why the deeper into sin one becomes, the more difficult it is for us to get through to them concerning things of the Lord. That’s when prayer and the Father himself comes in. Our reach is only an arms length deep, but the Lord can reach people that are far beyond our capabilities. Some sink so low that they can only look up. At least those who choose to do so.
There is a snippet of information that we learn here about the just, that is extremely important for us to get into our heads. The just fall point blank. They do fall, and we need to remember that.
No matter how just someone may be, that person is still surrounded by every bit of this world and all of its influences, and everything that is established to crush the spirit of the people of the Lord. How many of us held someone in high esteem during our walk with the Lord, due to how Godly they appeared to be, and maybe truly are at heart, just to feel betrayed when we find that they did something that they shouldn’t have, or hear them say something outside of the character of the Lord?
Every one of our Christian “heroes” shared a common trait. They’re all humans, living in this fallen world. Everyone falls from time to time, but it is the just who rise up again. It is the just who repent and do whatever it takes to get back on their feet, even if it means waiting on the Lord to do so.
To avoid disappointment, hold no man or woman to the standard that Jesus tells us to hold him. Even the just will fall, make mistakes, become victims to storms, crime, addictions, temptations, or whatever the case may be.
But they will rise up again from the place they’ve landed. Why, because they are just, they have a right standing with the Father, and the Father will indeed chasten those whom he loves. And should they fall as a victim, the Lord is right there to aid in doing whatever the just can’t do.
I can’t imagine living life without the benefit of having the Lord right there at all times. The wicked have no idea what they’re missing!
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 8: King James Bible
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Hebrews 13: King James Bible
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
1 John 4: King James Bible
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1 Peter 1: King James Bible
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Thank you for your lessons, and for your reminder that we have something special within us that the wicked will never have, which is your Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. Thank you so much for your reminder, that when we fall, it’s never impossible to get back up again, regardless of the circumstances involved. It may be impossible by our own strength, but nothing is impossible with you. For this love and special attention, we thank you wholeheartedly Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever fallen, just to rise up again all the stronger and smarter for it?