Daily Devotional: Day 69
“Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not plunder his resting place. For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity” (Proverbs 24:15-16, NKJV).
Evil people exist, and there are those who seek your downfall. Righteous people are often the target of evil people. While you innocently go about your business, there are people who wish you harm. Not only that, you might find people who actively set traps for you with one goal in mind: to destroy you. This may range from defamation to bodily harm. Until Christ returns, you’ll have to deal with evil people from time to time. But do not be afraid. God knows those who lie in wait, plotting your destruction. He knows those who want to take away your peace of mind and inject chaos into your life. Don’t you worry; God knows it all and has your back. In today’s Bible text, note that God sends a warning to wicked people who are plotting evil against godly people.
God says that the righteous man may fall seven times, but he’ll rise again each time. Let me mention that this is one of the most misunderstood, misapplied and abused Bible verses. You hear a lot of people misinterpreting this verse to mean that the righteous person sins seven times. But that’s not what this verse is saying. The Bible isn’t talking about the righteous person falling into sin seven times. It’s rather saying that wicked people plot the fall or destruction of righteous people, but when righteous people fall, they shall rise seven times. In contrast, the wicked shall fall by calamity, i.e. their fall shall be utterly destructive and they won’t recover. This means there’s hope for the righteous when he falls, but for the wicked, the end thereof is calamity. Today’s message is for you, dear child of God. Whoever plots evil against you is plotting his own destruction. God is protecting you 24/7 from evil men. But should you even fall, know that Jesus shall lift you up.
Daddy, I thank you for your precious promises. I know that your eyes are always on me to deliver me from every evil plot. Therefore, my heart is at rest. Forgive those who wish me harm and grant them repentance. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Daniel 6:1-24