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Standing Back Up

O evil man, leave the upright man alone, and quit trying to cheat him out of his rights. Don't you know that this good man, though you trip him up seven times, will each time rise again? But one calamity is enough to lay you low.

Do not rejoice when your enemy meets trouble. Let there be no gladness when he falls - for the Lord may be displeased with you and stop punishing him!

Don't envy the wicked. Don't covet his riches. For the evil man has no future, his light will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 24: 5-20 (TLB)

Asamoah Joseph Omono is from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He recently read that Abraham Lincoln failed in business in 1831, suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836, and was defeated in his run for presidency in 1856. Instead of despairing and giving up, he refused to stop trying his best. Consequently, he was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States of America in 1860.

Everyone experiences failure. Even Christians experience failure in studies, work, relationships, business, and family life. Setbacks are not a problem, but allowing them to paralyze our will to go on can be.

Proverbs tells us that a faithful person can fall many times but we still have the strength to rise again. We know that we can stand back up after failures because, as Paul writes,we "can do all things through Christ" and "[Christ's] grace is sufficient" (Phil. 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9).

When we fail - whether it is socially, morally, maritally, or in ministry - we cannot give up. Rather, let us look for the cause of our failures and trust that God forgives us and gives us the strength to stand up again.

Prayer: Merciful God, when we fail, give us the strength to stand up again, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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