THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
“for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”
Proverbs 24:16 ESV
STAYING ON YOUR FEET: GET BACK UP
In 2002 Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s NFL rushing record. He wasn’t as flashy as Walter Payton and he never possessed true break-away speed. But his strength led in his ability to persist–he just kept on running. At the time he ran for 16,743 yards. That’s 9.5 miles! It took him 13 years to run only 9.5 miles. What’s the big deal about that? Emmitt’s average run over those 9.5 miles was 4.3 yards at a time. That means he was tackled and knocked down 3,983 times. And do you know what he did after every tackle? He got back up and ran the ball again. Sure, he was injured a few times, but he always returned. He was knocked down almost 4,000 times and still he got up and ran again.
Even the best of people get knocked down in life, but what sets them apart from the quitters is that they get back up. Proverbs 24:16 teaches that God’s children get back up over and over again. God has always honored persistence. Has anything knocked you down lately? What does getting back up in faith look like in your situation? As God for the strength to rise again and again.