Get up on Your Feet! In His Word 3-13-17

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Have you ever fallen and felt like it was the end?  You know, the kind of fall where you are hiking and made it through the tougher terrain, are just about at the end of the trail, and then you carelessly stumble. You can see the ground coming up to your face and you are sure you will never rise up again with out pain and breakage?

 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked. 11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” ...

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, 16 who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” 18 And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.
19 Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” 

You rise up with the help of a couple of younger people who run to your rescue. Realizing you are not broken, but just feel that way, you hobble the rest of the way to the end of the path and sit, waiting and assessing your pains and injuries. This kind of stumbling can be like life when you were going along doing the right things, in your ‘being good’ life and thinking ‘you got this thing’; but then you tripped up on something as silly as shifting sand. Sometimes when we are walking thinking we have it all taken care of we can trip up. The trip is not the problem; it is what we do afterwards that counts. When you are injured by another person, or even by a wrong choice you or someone made for you it is easy to just lie there in the dirt and wonder ‘why me?’,
What about you?

Did you get back up? Did you dust yourself off and think you were fine? Sometimes we think we are okay but days, weeks or even years down the road something comes to light of that injury. Most of us don’t even realize that there was a little leaven in our loaf. We just bandage our wounds and get back up trying to be strong. After all Paul did this when he was stoned outside the city and left for dead. He got up and went back into the city to preach and to teach the Gospel message to the lost. You can bet he had pain while he worked but he still did it. He probably had anger toward the people who ordered him to be stoned, more than those who stoned him by order. He loved them anyway; he got up and went back into the city. He did not let the near death stop him.

Sometimes when we fall we are able to get up on our own, or with a little help. But what about the times we are slammed with something bigger than our life?

Maybe you were walking in the crosswalk with the light and you could see the cars stopping… all but one; it comes swiftly toward you and then--. You get the picture. Life as you know it has changed completely in that split second. Forever you see the cars stopping and the one not stopping. Forever you see yourself sitting on the sidewalk wondering why you cannot stand up. Wondering how did you get here?
You were doing the right thing, the proper way and yet still; bam, you are down!

Paul and Barnabus were just sharing what God told them to share; the truth, through healing and the words He gave them to speak. They were doing what was right and yet the people chose to worship them, instead of God. Once they denounced them telling them they were wrong the people stoned Paul and left him for dead. They were doing the will of God and were slammed with the reality of the people’s wrong belief system. Because they knew the truth of the matter they got back on the road and preached  and taught in other cities they had been in before sharing that they were fine, and to keep walking even in tribulations and trials; to keep walking with Jesus and trusting Him to help them get back up.

10 So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. Acts 14:10
Even a good deed can end up causing trouble for us sometimes, even walking with the light in the path laid out before you can cause you to have pain, but what are we going to do with this pain? Are we going to allow anger and sorrow and anguish to keep us down on the ground? Or are we going to stand up on our feet and walk in His Word today? Through out the scriptures we can read of men and women of God who got up on their feet despite their circumstances; let’s read and be like them today! Get up on your feet! Get sharing the Word of God and your testimony!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that you help us to get back up again. Thank you that no matter what the stones of life feel like that You are here to pull us back up on our feet to go forward and preach and to teach and to speak to those who need life today. Pick us up and put us back on the path You have put before us and help us achieve all that you wish for us to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested Reading Acts 14:1-28, Colossians 4:1-18, Philippians 2:1-30, and Philemon 1:1-25.