16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Proverbs 24:16 (NLT)
The theme for this article is failure. The above verse begins with ,” The godly may trip seven times..” The “seven” here is not literally the number 7. It means no matter how many times. So, I can rephase it into, “No matter how many times the godly fail, they will get up again.”
This is the characteristic of the godly. We are resilient. We can withstand all the attacks from Satan and hit him back until he collapse. This reminds me of the last episode of Star Trek Voyager. Starship Voyager entered a Borg infested region in her attempt to enter the transwarp conduit to find a way home. Usually the Borg cubes have superior firepower than Voyager but this time is different. Voyager is equipped with the future armor technology, thanks to the time travelling Admiral Janeway.
As Voyager entered the Borg region, a few cubes took up defensive position and fired at her. The armor technology enabled Voyager to take those blasts with minimum dent in her shields. Then, Captain Janeway ordered 2 trans-phasic torpedoes to be fired at one cube. The cube exploded on impact and was destroyed. The Borg retreated.
I like this scene. It gives me a picture on the difference between the godly and the wicked. The wicked can fire all their phasers and torpedoes at us, creating the impression that they have the upper hand but what they do not realize is we have God on our side. Our God has given us everything we need to withstand those attacks. Our shields and armor can hod those attacks. Our shields will not fail. We will not be boarded and the warp core will not breach. If God does not think we can overcome the trouble, he would not have allowed the attacks to happen in the first place.
So, it is important for us to remind ourselves that whatever trouble we are in right now, God thinks we can overcome it. In other words, the existence of the trouble is the proof that God has given us everything we need to overcome it. We have a choice in this situation. Will you choose to agree with God and overcome the trouble or will you choose to contradict God and allow your self to be defeated? The choice is yours.
Another point I want to make here is, we are not immune to troubles. Being a Christian does not mean you can have no trouble in your life. We may not be of the world but we are physically in the world. We are as physically vulnerable as the rest of humanity but we have a secret weapon that they don’t, our faith.
Through our faith, we are linked to the supernatural blessings of God.
Through our faith, we can triumph over every trouble.
Through our faith, we can turn our poverty into prosperity.
Through our faith, we can turn our sickness with health.
Through our faith, we can turn our failures into success.
In conclusion, no matter how many times you appeared to have failed, do not give up your faith. The movie is not over yet. The only way the movie can end is when you win. You are the hero in this movie. God has decreed that this movie must have a good ending and good ending means you win.