DayBreaks for 08/24/12 – I Shall Arise
One of my greatest fears is falling from a great height. I am terrified of high places. One of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in my life was the photos of men and women who were trapped in the World Trade Center who apparently leaped out of the building to their deaths to avoid being burned by the fires raging inside. In one particular instance, a man and woman jumped together – hand in hand – to their certain death. I can’t imagine ever being able to do that – but then again, I wasn’t there and don’t know the agony they endured inside the building. I hope and pray that I’ll never fall from a height of more than about 3 inches.
There are worse things than falling physically. We can fall spiritually as well. And that is something that we’ve all done. “Not me!” you say? Yes, you. Every time we sin it is a spiritual fall. And every time we sin and fall, Satan erupts in laughter and celebrates our fall. His greatest hope is that we’ll fall and not be able to get back up.
The wonderful news that Scripture has to share with us is that even though we may someday fall and physically not be able to get back up, that spiritually our prospects are much more certain: “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise.” (Micah 7:8)
Let Satan have his little moments of rejoicing when I fall. I don’t care because I will arise, by the grace and kindness of the very God that died for me to save me. And you shall arise, too. God Himself will stoop down to lift you back up. He knows our frailty and our penchant for going the wrong way. He loves us regardless. He loves us with a love that will never stop. And, if He gave Jesus’ life up for us, what possible reason could we have to think that He won’t give us everything else that is good? (Romans 8:31-32 – “31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”)
Stumbling a bit right now? Don’t despair. Make Micah 7:8 your theme song for the next month, the next year, the next decade. You will arise!!!!
Psalm 51:8 – “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”
PRAYER: Raise us up, Lord, both today and in eternity, to sing Your great praise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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