We all like to celebrate those who come back after a fall, a defeat, or any setback. It’s probably because we all identify with defeat of some sort and we all struggle with coming back after we’ve had a setback of one kind or another. The question is how do you “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back in the race?”
The Bible holds the key to every mystery including the key to a comeback.
Micah 7:7–8 (ESV) — 7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. 8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
Although the prophet is speaking of a time of judgment from God, still he sees the enemy rejoicing over him as he suffers defeat. So consider the four principles God presents through the prophet of bouncing back.
- Looking to the Lord
- Waiting upon the Lord to answer prayer
- Applying the principle of “don’t just sit there – get up and get going”
- Recognizing how God is in the darkness of defeat, even when we can’t recognize it at first.
Notice how Micah begins this segment, “as for me.” Micah is ready to take a stand. Feeling defeated when you fall and quitting is the easy way out which many people take today. It takes determination to take a stand and say, “No. I won’t quit. As for me…”
It’s like the stand that Joshua took before the people when he admonished them to follow the plan of God.
Joshua 24:14–15 (ESV) — 14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
That is determination! But consider what Micah is determined to do: look to the Lord. You know you will not have a consistent prayer life unless you are determined to do so. That means you plan for it and schedule it. No spiritual discipline “just happens,” it takes determination.
Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) — 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
2 Peter 1:10 (ESV) — 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
Notice also that Micah was not only determined to look to the Lord in his time of defeat but he was also determined to wait upon the Lord. That is a grace that God gives to those who diligently seek Him. That is called faith because it’s trusting in God’s promises and attributes and not trusting in our timetable or our own schemes to work things out.
Isaiah 40:29–31 (ESV) — 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 27:14 (ESV) — 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
With determination to seek after God and wait for Him to answer, it’s natural to apply the “get up” principle to life rather than sit in defeat and have a pity party. Too many times we use a setback to do nothing, but not Micah or as we see below, the Apostle Paul.
2 Corinthians 6:3–10 (ESV) — 3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
Paul was determined to keep going and not give up as Micah stated, “when I fall, I shall arise.”
Likewise, Micah recognized the presence of God even in the darkness of defeat as He said that even though the way is dark, yet the Lord is a light to him just as David proclaimed:
Psalm 27:1 (ESV) — 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
So what is the lesson? If you feel defeated be all the more determined to look to the Lord and to wait upon Him. It takes grace and He will provide because He is there through the victories as well as the setbacks. Get back up. Don’t sit around and have a pity party, rather recognize His light and deliverance in every circumstance including His help in making a comeback.