Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Ps. 119:165
In trying to help people learn from their mistakes and move on with life, it is so important to identify what caused the fall in order to prevent if from happening again. Often times, I come away from these conversations shaking my head because you know they just didn’t get it! God will lay all the facts right in front of their faces, and they still will blame it on someone or something else. Even worse, in some cases, the person will “spiritualize,” making up some super attack scenario. In other cases they will cling to the claim that God told them to do it, still missing it all together. Prince described that behavior best years ago when he sang, “Just blame it on the rain!” All the while, what is really needed is a good ole healthy admission that they missed God!
We know that a person that does not know Christ is walking in darkness or spiritually blind. The following scripture describes the dangers of that path:
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Prov. 4:19
Notice the danger of the path of the wicked is not that there are obstacles, but that first of all they can’t see the obstacles, and secondly, they don’t know what they stumbled over once they have fallen.
The “right paths” as described in Prov. 4:11, 12 is path that when you walk you will not stumble; as long as you stay on the path that is! This path, opposed to the path of the wicked, is well lit, and it gets brighter and brighter “unto the perfect day” (Prov. 4:18). For those that continue on this path, the words of the old song come to mind, “When we all SEE Jesus, what a DAY of rejoicing that will be!” This has to be the perfect day that he is speaking of, for in another place, he says, “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath” (Prov. 15:24). I will never forget the words of Kenneth Hagin after being rescued from gates of hell three times, he said, “There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun!” Have you made preparations for that day? Are you ready to meet Jesus if you slipped into eternity today?
Now back to the Christians that don’t “know at what they stumble.” I asked the Lord for wisdom, and He gave me the following scripture:
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:11
Actually, we could say that this brother, or believer, has gotten themselves in the same blind state as the wicked because of their failure to walk in love. Now, their once well lit path, has become darkened because their eyes are now blinded by unforgiveness. They, although retaining their spiritual talk, don’t even know where they are going much less know “at what they stumble.” Did you know that is a dangerous thing for a blind Christian to go around trying to explain spiritual things to others? Jesus said of the scribes and Pharisees of His day, “they be blind leaders of the blind.”
Humility is a beautiful thing, but it seems to be in short supply these days! Again, a healthy confession of “I missed God” would cure what ails a lot of Christians today. Since we know that a haughty spirit comes before a fall (Prov. 16:18), humility must be a requirement for staying on this stumble-free path. Another attribute associated with humility is receiving correction, and that may well be the key to understanding this beloved verse, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Ps. 119:165). If you are to remain on the path of the wise without stumbling, you must receive correction. The Word is not just to “enlighten and empower” you (the Christian buzz words the day), it “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16)!
Stay in love with God’s Word, and stay on the stumble-free path. If you do stumble, remain humble and receive correction, then you will know what you stumbled at and be able to avoid that pit fall the next time it presents itself. According to Prov. 24:16, the key difference between the just and the wicked man is that though they both fall, the just man gets back up again! Think how mad the devil must be when we get back up again from his snares and began to warn others of the dangers along life’s way. My prayer for you today is that you will receive and walk in God’s wisdom, and “then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble” (Prov. 3:23).