Continuing the teachings on the Book of Proverbs: Seeing From God’s Side. This is a short summary on the sixth and final sermon, titled “He Falls Seven Times, Stands Up Eight: Perseverance.” Summaries for part one here, part two here, part three here, part four here, and part five here.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.”
There’s a moment when you want to quit everything. I don’t mean you physically remove yourself from school, work, family, or church, but you can mentally check out. It’s possible to quit without quitting.
Usually the four reasons we mentally quit are:
1) Blaming others: “If it weren’t for these people and this place, then …” 2) Burn-out: “I’m just exhausted, they got me doing too much.” 3) Guilt: “I’m not good enough, I keep failing, I messed it up.” 4) Discouragement: “Everyone hates me. No one is encouraging.”
It’s possible that all these things are true: it’s everyone else’s fault, we’re burned out, we’re guilty of things we shouldn’t be doing, and we’re discouraged. It would make sense to quit.
So how do we keep going? How do we stand up on the eighth time after falling down seven?
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
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