I had one if those days yesterday…you know the kind that knock you down and leave your head spinning.
I am preaching this Sunday about Joseph being knocked down and I got a little taste of it myself. Come to New Season on Sunday and you will hear all about it!
It reminds me of Acts, chapter 14, where Paul was being stoned at Lystra. He was just doing what God called him to do…preaching the gospel and seeing God do the miraculous.
After a man who was crippled was healed, Jews from Antioch and Iconium stirred up the crowd and the Bible says they stoned Paul. Can you imagine having rocks thrown at you? (the physical kind)
The Bible says in verse 20 that Paul got back up and went back into the city. Listen, be prepared because people are going to oppose you and will throw rocks at you. They may not be actual rocks but you will on occasion be knocked to your feet and even flat on your back. Do what Paul did, get back up! Go and continue what you have been called to do. Persevere no matter what the obstacles are. I know it is easy preaching and hard living but let me encourage you to get back up!
Paul didn’t quit. People and circumstances will do everything to bring you down. You are going to want to throw in the towel. I speak from personal experiences, I have wanted to quit several times in my life.
I love this quote by Booker T. Washington, ”I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.”
I know life gets overwhelming sometimes and it’s hard to get back up. Bounce back up! Get back up!