Stumble but not Fall

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, November 29, 2018


“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

Watching my dad struggle to walk has been difficult for me. At his prime, my dad was a very active individual who used to ride his bicycle every day. He was a hardworking man who worked to exhaustion so he can provide for his family. But because of health issues, he now needs assistance to do almost everything. The last time I was with him, I saw him stumbled a couple of times, but I was able to catch him before he could fall down.

In today’s text, the Psalmist declares, “the Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hands.” That scripture provides reassurance, confidence, and comfort for the believer. At some point, we will all stumble. Even though the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23), we are yet prone to stumble.

At times we stumble because our test is greater than our faith. Those who go through a health crisis or a financial crisis or a relationship crisis are prone to stumble. Because the flesh is weak, and we live in a sinful world, we will stumble. The good news is that God does not condemn us for stumbling. Instead, he helps us to regain our balance, so we do not fall. That is why the apostle Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

People feel betrayed and let down when the believer makes a mistake. At times we are surprised when a mature believer loses some of his or her spiritual fervor, and we are willing to discredit their testimony. But God does not operate that way. He knows that we are dust. That is why his strength is made perfect in our weakness.

When the vicissitudes of life drain us of our spiritual vitality, and we are struggling to keep it together, remember that a saint is but a sinner who keeps moving forward despite her challenges. Those who do not stumble do not have a powerful and life-transforming testimony. It is in our stumbling the faithfulness of God becomes more convincing and evident. David stumbled as he was running away from King Saul. But he cried out to God, and the Lord did not let him fall.

Perhaps you are stumbling because your hope has been dashed or your dream has been deferred, or your enemies are seemingly prevailing against you. Don’t fret! God will uphold you with his hand. What does that mean in practical terms? You will overcome all your adversities and triumph over your enemies; even if it does not seem so. Because you love God, He will rescue you; He will protect you, for you acknowledge his name. When you call on God, He will answer you; He will be with you in trouble and will deliver you (Psalm 91:14-15).

The text begins with the promise that LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him. Without God not only will we fall, but we will not be able to get back up. The word delight implies finding pleasure in or being fully satisfied with. Those who are fully satisfied with God, notwithstanding their circumstance, cannot fall because God will affirm their faith and give them extra grace to endure the troubles of life.

Prayer- Heavenly Father, please strengthen those that are standing on shaky ground in their faith because of their struggle.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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