This week we have a guest post by Dr. Jeff Jibben who is my friend & former classmate. He is the founding pastor of freshwaterchurch.net, president of the church planting network paradoxplants.org, and adjunct professor of theology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona. Check out his blog eCouragement.
“If you fall, I’ll be there.” ~Floor
For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again… – Proverbs 24:16
The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. – Psalm 145:14
The floor is very supportive, consistent, and always there for us. Falling and floor just seem to go together.
Also very supportive, consistent, and there is the Lord. He cares when we fall, he cheers when we rise. Our deepening relationship with the Lord – our righteousness – provides us the insight and hope to rise again. Our humility before God creates miraculous lift. The Lord – active and powerful in our life – gives us the bounce back stuff.
Just like in natural life, our bounce-back-ability is dependent on content of our character. Drop an egg to the floor and it will crack. Drop bread dough to the floor and it will splat. Drop a bowling ball to the floor and it will make a dent in your floor. But, drop a superball to the floor, and it will bounce back over and over again. God is in the business of changing our natural character into superball stuff. In times when we might have been cracked, splat, or dented others, we now bounce back because of what God has done in us.
Have you fallen many times? Good. You are normal. You are human. It is the nature of life. Need to get up again even though it is against all odds? Invite the righteous Lord into the depths of your soul. Your bounce-back-ability is about to change.