I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
One of my favorite Scripture verses is Isaiah 41:10: “Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yes, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Why is it so important to me? Because it tells me I do not live in my own strength — that trusting God is the only way to go. It’s God’s message to every one of his children — “I am thy God — just let me have charge.”
King Jehoshaphat realized this as the Ammonites were coming against Judah. He did the oddest preparation for this confrontation. It’s a beautiful story in 2 Chronicles 20 as God tells them, “This is not your battle, but God’s.” Whew, what a relief.
Notice what the people were instructed to do. In verse 18, we find them bowing down and worshiping the Lord. And next, appointed singers went before the armies singing and praising God. What a strange way to go into battle.
But do you know what — they had received word from God. He told them, “... fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.”
Moses had learned this truth a long time ago when he led the Children of Israel out of Egypt. “And Moses said unto the people. Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”
And later in Numbers 9:8 (KJV), Moses again told them to “Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”
The next great leader, Joshua, at the crossing of the Jordan River, talked more about this — “And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.” Don’t get too anxious there — I have a plan, God is saying.
The prophet in 1 Samuel 12:7 told the people, “Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which he did to you and to your fathers.”
There seems to be a reason for standing still, listening — God wants to reason with his people if we will just quit being so busy doing our own thing. Those who wait upon the Lord, says Isaiah, “shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;’ and they shall walk, and not faint.”
It’s human nature to always retort, “I can do it myself.” How many people have failed just because “I can do it myself” or “I have a better idea.” What trouble we get into. Then we cry out like the little old lady in the commercial. “Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Another thing — trusting God also means obeying God. Trusting doesn’t mean doing nothing. It means trusting God no matter what.
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