For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Proverbs 24:16
Do you ever struggle with stamina? Do you sometimes need extra motivation to keep showing up at work, to continue being truly present in relationships, and to maintain your commitment to serve? Do you ask yourself, “Is it really worth it? Will things ever change?” I struggle with this and sometimes wonder if I am in God’s will. I occasionally pause and ponder the thought of moving on from the mess in front of me. But if Christ has called me to this mission, I am compelled to complete the task. I show up because this is my Savior’s expectation.
We keep showing up and remain faithful because our heavenly Father never promised that this life would be without problems and challenges. “A righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). The cares of this world will try to choke His Word out of our hearts, but we can withstand the pressure through prayer. This is our relief valve that vents frustrations. Our Father in heaven understands. Don’t lie in self-pity, but reach out to the Lord and let Him lift you up.
We will fall down and scrape our soul, bruise our pride, and arouse our anger. However, a disciple of Christ is determined to remain faithful. Keep showing up when others let you down. Keep showing up when your finances fade. Keep showing up when you are treated unfairly. Keep showing up when you are sad and uncertain. Keep showing up, and God’s grace will break in and fill you with peace. He blesses righteous resilience.
Rise from your fall into sin and face your Savior with remorse and repentance. Rise from your fall under the sin of others and face your enemies with forgiveness and grace. Rise from your financial free fall and face life with faith and generosity. Jesus showed up for you on the old rugged cross amid the world’s injustice and His own brokenness. He still shows up, ever interceding on your behalf.
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:33-35).