James 3.2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, this one is a perfect man, able indeed to bridle the whole body.
Who among us has not stumbled? Where does that stumbling go afterward?
- Crawling around, blind
- Cursing our situation
- Sitting and wailing and wallowing
- Jumping up and running into more stumbling blocks
- Realizing we are on our knees, and praying
If we reverse the order listed above, and first realize we are on our knees, and we pray, then all the other responses are moot.
Hosea 14.9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
1 Peter 2.7, 8 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
There are many ways we stumble. We can trip ourselves in our own sin. We can walk in darkness and stumble over unseen obstacles. Others can trip us, even when we walk in the light.
Although they vary in some ways, stumbling is akin to tribulation. These will happen in our lives. God allows such things. Why? Because He loves us. This is how we learn, how we are disciplined to look up and look to our Savior.
Are you on the ground? Allow yourself to stay there and contemplate. Allow God’s Holy Spirit into your heart to search and try you.
Psalm 139.23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 91.9-15 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.