Proverbs 24:15-16 — 15 Don’t interfere with good people’s lives; don’t try to get the best of them. 16 No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long. Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces (MSG).
There are two lessons to be learned from this passage. First of all, those who try to meddle in the lives of godly people will fall flat. And secondly, those who are loyal to God will stumble, but they won’t stay down long.
Many people wait anxiously for God’s people to fall. They are ruthless individuals who find pleasure in the failures of the righteous. You would expect ungodly people to act this way, but there are many Christians rooting for other Christians to fail. This is a sad reality, and I pray you’re not one of them.
We must make up our minds not to be judgmental and conniving. Romans 14:13 says, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way” (NIV).
Causing someone to fall, or rejoicing when they do, is wicked behavior. It’s unacceptable in the eyes of God, and such a person will not prosper in any way. I encourage you to examine yourself right now. Are you cheering for someone to fail? Jealousy is often the root of such conduct. It causes well-meaning people to applaud the failures of others. Cheering for others to fail sets us up for a fall.
Everyone is loyal to something or someone; be loyal to God. There will be times you trip, but God will never allow the righteous to fall (Psalm 55:22). If you struggle with jealousy, ask the Holy Spirit to help you rejoice in the successes of others. Be an encourager. Otherwise, your heart may become hardened.
Hebrews 3:13 — But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (KJV).
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