LEARNING HOW TO WALK
The hardest part about learning how to walk is not the joy of the steps we take forward, but the disappointment and discouragement each time we find ourselves once more in a heap on the ground. Fallen. Learning how to walk by faith, I believe, is as much about learning how to handle the falls as it is about enjoying the blessings of the progress we make.
What do we do when we fall? Do we lay down, curl up in a ball, cry, and quit? Or do we get back up again? Do we reach out a hand to the Lord who is always there with us, confess our faults, receive His forgiveness, and accept His hand as He helps us to stand up and to take our next steps forward, step by step? The enemy of our souls wants us to focus on our falls rather than our Lord, to stay bound in and focused on our trying circumstances, and to become so depressed about our trials and tribulations – and our falls – that we lose sight of the promises of our God. The most natural place to look when we fall is at the dirt on the ground where we lay, at our broken limbs and hearts that took the fall, rather than upward at our Father in Heaven. If you have fallen once more, take heart. Take your eyes off your fall and place them on your Father.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isa 41:10 KJV).”
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