Don’t Stumble and Fall
“Great peace have those who love Law, nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
This week’s memory verse from Psalm 119:165 was one of those verses that I had glossed over in my yearly Bible reading. For some reason last year that verse just jumped off the page and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
Several years ago I fell off a moped with my daughter Julie and the end result was a broken bone in my leg. Ever since that break I have found myself being much more aware of where I walk whether it be walking up or down stairs, noticing icy patches during the wintertime, or even walking in new places. That broken leg experience has caused me to be much more aware because I don’t want to fall and break my leg (or as I am aging – my hip! ).
But more than being concerned about my physical walking, I should be even more concerned about stumbling and falling in my Christian life. The Bible talks much about our walk so that we will not stumble and fall.
In the ministry of addiction recovery we will refer to a man who has gone back into his or her addiction as having a “fall.” The word fall really doesn’t paint the picture like God’s Word does. The “fall” really refers to my sin. And every one of us struggles and does battle with sin in our lives. We are all one step away from stumbling and falling.
If you are concerned about blowing it, messing up and becoming another statistic, cheer up. One of the ways that you and I can keep from messing up, stumbling and falling is to stay connected in our daily walk with the Lord. We need to be digging daily into God’s Word and allowing His word to penetrate our hearts and minds.
I have not met anyone yet who has had a minor or major fall that when asked the question, “How is your quiet time with the Lord?” they have responded. “It’s going great!” Sin will keep you and me from fellowship with the Lord and almost always when things are heading south a common denominator will be a lack of intimacy with the Lord on a daily basis.
John wrote in in his letter to the church at Ephesus: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent, and do the work you did at first.” (Revelation 2:5) If you are at that place where you have stumbled and fallen, get up, shake the dust off, repent and run into the arms of Jesus. He’s there waiting for you.
If you are one of those guys who are so proud that you don’t think you’ll ever fall – heed this warning: “Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) Everyone of us is capable of falling and is one decision away from blowing up.
A good promise for you to circle in your Bible is Jude 24: “Now to HIM who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen!
Great peace comes from loving the Word of God. How is your quiet time? Are you connected to the Vine? If not – today is a good day to repent and reconnect.
Running the race with joy,
President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: It’s always too soon to quit but never too late to start. Dr. Adrian Rogers
Verse to Memorize: Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I do keep