Thursday, January 05, 2006
That old cliche: It's not how many times you fall down. It's how many times you get back up.
Israel finally realized that by asking for a king they were essentially turning their back on God. Samuel encourages them to continue serving. After all, God had chosen them and he wasn't giving up so why should they give up?
A lot of times it seems really easy to call it quits. It appeared that Israel had completed one of the biggest blunders they had ever committed. They just keep failing. But that's the cycle isn't it. Fall down, get up. Valleys and peaks. It's seems so cliche but it's the truth. Can we see the Forrest from the trees? Once we are on the peak do we look back to see how beautiful the valley really is?
The Israelites went on to win several major battles under the leadership of Saul. But as the story continues the inevitable happens. They fall down again, but that's life. We fall down and we get up. God has chosen us. He has called us his own. He isn't about to give up on us. Why should we give up on him?
Michael Cane as Alfred: "And why do we fall Master Bruce...."
Falling down is just another reminder of our weakness, frailty and need for Jesus.