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Stumbling

The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand. - Psalm 37:23 (NIV)


I was walking downtown with my family, and I tripped, but somehow grabbed the back of my mother’s purse the moment my knee should have hit the sidewalk, which could have pulled her down with me, but didn’t. Of course, once I stood upright after a miraculous stance, I laughed and looked around to see the reaction of those passing by. My lovely family joined my laughter because of the way I was stretched out during my descent, I shouldn’t have been able to rebound like I did. I was literally swooped up faster than falling, like being catapulted upward.


It was easy for me to be delighted that I didn’t hurt myself or my mother, and I was grateful for the dangling purse, and the Lord’s intervention. Good feelings are gone when I stumble with words I shouldn’t have said or thoughts I shouldn’t think, because it may possibly hurt me or someone else. Not a stumble I want to laugh about. I’m so glad that God understands we all stumble - in one way or another. My missteps have helped me realize that when I truly delight in the Lord, I am sensitive to Him keeping me steady morally, mentally and spiritually, in spite of my imperfections.


Our walk with Christ is filled with smooth and rough roads, and the more we talk with Him and read His word in our daily ventures, we will want to please Him, and our love for Him will grow fonder. Though we may stumble, He will uphold us as we face temptations along the way. Squeeze tight onto His hand and trust that He will get you through whatever you are facing.


Father, thank You for showing us that You understand our struggles and that You will make our steps firm as we delight in You, thank You for holding our hand as we walk through life.


This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church. Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing or use of this material is prohibited.




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