Have you ever heard someone boast about how they would handle a situation they saw someone else going through? “Oh, if that were me, I would … or I wouldn’t ….” They were so sure that if they were dealing with the situation, the outcome would be different. So many times we feel empowered when we’re on the outside looking in; we just can’t see ourselves any other way. Many of us have encountered circumstances and have fallen, only to find that we were not as strong as we thought. Fortunately, God can use what the enemy meant for evil for our good, and there can be some good in the fall, because with God we are able to rise up and learn valuable, humbling, life-changing lessons.
After we have fallen and been restored, or we witnessed someone going through adversity, we gained knowledge of principles that assist us with redeeming ourselves and, in turn, teach us to be compassionate to others. We learn that pride goes before a fall, and we should not exalt ourselves, but remain humble. We must be more prayerful and considerate of others when they fall or are going through hard times, because it is by the grace of God we are not in their shoes, or he brought us out from our calamity. The fall teaches us to not be critical and judgmental of others because we understand how things can happen, and how vulnerable people can be. We learn how painful and how damaging a fall can be, whether it’s our own fault or not. We discover that the grace and love of God forgives, chastens and restores us, and we have more of an appreciation for the price He paid for our sins. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
After being restored from a fall, we learn not to take things and people for granted. We learn how to be more thankful, patient and grateful. We realize how valuable and precious are the ways, the teachings and the blessings of God. There is good in the fall. It draws us closer to God. It teaches us to cast our cares on Him, draw strength from Him, rely on Him, and wait on Him. The fall teaches us to surrender; to listen for and hear His voice as we begin to see things from His perspective.
It certainly does not feel good to fall, and we definitely should not take it lightly. We must continue to give thanks and praises to God for His help, His gentle hand, His comfort, and the lessons gain when we can get up and stand firm in faith. God is with us at all times. He is with us in the prisons, in the hospitals, in the divorce courts, in the classrooms, even in the fall! Therefore, whenever we fall or become disconnected from the peace of God, all we need to do is look up and know that there is strength in our weakness. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9a).