“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.”
A very important phrase is mentioned in the verse above that every believer would be wise to heed and remember. The verse above says, “…when I fall…” This verse did not say, “If I fall.” The enemy is going to win at times. The enemy will sometimes win because of our own actions, and they will win at other times because they were stronger than us in the battle. In both instances, it is important to remember that just because you lose a battle at doing right doesn’t mean that doing right is wrong. You won’t win every battle, but that doesn’t mean you should quit fighting for right. Doing right is right whether or not you win. However, you must realize that there are going to be times when you fall, and what you do when you fall is imperative to future battles. In the verse above, the believer is advised to take several actions when they fall.
First, don’t listen to the gossips. You will notice that the enemy rejoiced. Just because the gossips are spreading things around you doesn’t mean you should listen to them. The best thing you can do when the gossips are talking about you is to continue doing what you are supposed to do. The gossips are trying to discourage you from continuing, and they will succeed if you listen to what they say. When you fall, plug your ears to the voice of gossips and instead listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Second, get back up. So you fell; that doesn’t mean you are done. The best action you can take when you fall is to get back up and continue doing what you are supposed to do. Don’t let the fall be the final act of your life, but let it be a lesson to help you win the next battle when you get up. The enemy wins if you stay down, but truth and right win if you will get back up.
Third, don’t lose hope. The LORD was the light in darkness, and He will be your light if you keep your eyes on Him. Don’t let the hopelessness that the darkness of falling causes to take away your hope. If you keep your eyes on the LORD, you will always find hope to get up and keep doing what you are supposed to do.
Fourth, accept the consequences that sin has brought. Verse 9 says, “I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him…” You can’t change that you fell, but letting the consequences of falling become the seed of bitterness won’t help you to overcome your fall. Many people have allowed the consequences of their sin to be the source of bitterness that kept them from ever being used by God again. You can’t change that you have fallen, and you can’t change the consequences that falling brings, but you can accept those consequences as tools to show others what falling does to a person. Accept the consequences and move on.
Fifth, get close to God. The best advice I can give you is to get close to the LORD, because the closer you get to the LORD, the more you will see His righteousness. You can avoid future falls if you get close to the LORD; therefore, let your time in the fall be the catalyst to push you closer to God. My friend, it is when your life is restored that you will put the naysayers to silence.