“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” Micah 7:8
Many snares await the Christian on the way home to our heavenly country. At times, our journey is steep and difficult; the unfamiliarity in itself causes us many misjudgments and mishaps. The enemy of our soul is relentless as he throws his fiery darts into his well-aimed target—us. Our enemy has known and studied all our weaknesses, and with calculated patience seeks to wear us down. Often our weariness causes us to sin, leading us to our demise…or, so he thinks.
Some dangers we encounter are often disguised; otherwise we would certainly resist them sooner (James 4:7). We are told not to be ignorant of his schemes (II Corinthians 2:11) so that we will not be caught unaware and fall headlong into his dangerous traps. One unsuspecting trap is the lure of discontentment, bringing with it all of its frustrations and irritants. At times, the attitude of discontent sneaks up on us until it cripples our gratitude toward the Lord’s loving kindness He graciously pours into our daily lives. Despair, and unbelief blind us from remembering our history in the Lord, and from our considering His past faithfulness to us, instead we tend to focus on all that’s wrong.
Consideration of God’s blessings, and remembering His faithfulness will always leads us on to victory and contentment in Christ. One of the enemy’s secret weapons is to tempt us to force our eyes inward and upon ourselves. He causes us to be hypersensitive and unnaturally focused upon the supposed lack (whatever it may be) in our life. Self-absorption steals the praise and attention that belongs to God alone, and plunges us deep into the abyss of pursing a life of non-existent perfection in ourselves, and in those around us. Self-focus, or overindulgent self-love cut us off from seeing the graciousness of God towards us and severs our ability to admire and behold His beauty and perfection.
These pitfalls, and a million others, are inevitable on our journey through life, but we need not be dismayed. Proverbs 24:16 states, “For though he falls seven times, he will get up again; it’s the wicked who fail under stress.” We will rise again from our defeat and sin. We should also remember that none of our struggles are wasted. God will use them for our good, and His glory (Romans 8:28). No matter how deep we may slide, His hand is strong enough to save and deliver us. We are encouraged, “though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord uphold him by the hand” (Psalm 37:24). As we reach up for His extended hands of love, the power of Cross and the appropriated blood will wash all stains of sin and failure away.
All glory to God, the faithful One, who is able to keep us from stumbling. He alone has the power, and the willingness, to present us faultless on that great day before the Presence of His glory with exceeding joy (Jude 24)! No matter what type of fall we may take as a result of our venomous foe, as we put our hope in God, we can be assured that He will light up our path onward to victory. Instead, let us not be focused on the defeat, shortcomings, or failures we may experience. But, let us keep looking up to Him as we behold His loving perfection, and His abundant ability to rescue us from the enemy of our soul. Let us take all the defeat we may experience to Him and rise up and receive the hand of help He freely offers--and believe that our Redeemer lives!