We Fall to Rise
Have you ever been in a place of disparity—like Daniel in the Lion’s Den—patiently waiting for redemption and feeling powerless over your current circumstances?
Psalm 142:4 says, “When I look beside me, I see that there is no one to help me, no one is to protect me. No one cares for me.”
Is this the current dialogue in your life? Do you feel abandoned—alone—afraid? Are you meandering through uncomfortable waters? Waters that make you question where God is in the midst of such trials?
In life, there will be moments when we have to fall in order to rise beyond our circumstances—in order to rise to complete a purpose beyond ourselves: the sole purpose for which we were made by our Creator.
When life is blossoming with daisies and sunflowers, we believe that God is on our side—that we have found favor in His eyes; thus, we start to place God on the back burner, as if we no longer need Him. We tell ourselves that we are doing good and well and no longer need Jesus because life is just so great.
But, this groove—this “perfect” state--will not last forever, as there will come a point when we fall to then rise again. This fall, no matter what that looks like in your life (abuse, death, monetary issues, etc.), will interrupt this groove—the “perfect” trajectory in which your life was headed.
The fall can make you angry and bitter toward God. It may make you despise His nature, as you believe that He has forsaken you and your desires. You may vow to never pick up your Bible again, never again attend church, and develop an apathetic disposition toward others and Him.
But have you ever wondered that perhaps this fall may be used for future good? That perhaps this fall or rejection is simply aligning you to your greater purpose that Jesus has called you to complete while here on earth?
And so, are you truly relying on Jesus to guide you? Do you trust that He has your best interest in mind? I know for myself that I do not always believe this. I truly believe that if I believe something is good for me that Jesus will too, and that He’ll support these desires.
But what I’ve realized recently is that what I want truly does not matter—honestly God’s plan is greater for my life. And it may not look the way that I hope or envision, but, again, He knows best.
When you are down in the trenches, know that you are here for a reason. You are falling to rise back up like you never have before.
Time and time again in the Bible, we see that those who are severely oppressed rise back up in the name of the Lord. We look to these individuals as heroes and individuals with whom we can really identify and relate.
For example, the infamous story of David and Goliath serves to remind us that no matter who we are, we can accomplish great things against those who are bigger and mightier than us. David had no idea the strength that he truly possessed before defeating the giant Goliath; however, with God’s guidance, he rose above his circumstances. He was able to defeat the mighty Goliath.
Moreover, Daniel was thrown into a pit of despair--literally. He was surrounded by huge beasts: lions. But, Daniel, in his disparity, called out to the Lord to provide and give him strength. He was not harmed by these ferocious animals. In fact, all of his needs were met--both mentally and physically--through this trying time.
These are just two of the most prominent redemption examples in the Bible--ones to which most everyone can relate. There are countless others stories in the Bible that encourage this sense of hope: that when one falls, God will be there every step of the way to raise up the individual.
So remember that when you’re falling, you will rise like you never have before to further the Kingdom of your Creator. You need only to be still and trust that God is fighting for you.