I Get Knocked Down | Brooke Hiott
Do you ever feel like you can’t catch a break? Like a whack-a-mole that keeps trying to come up for light only to be knocked back down again?
We all know that 2020 has been a year full of its own challenges but even outside of that, life can just be hard at times. We experience things we never imagined we would go through. Maybe you’ve experienced loss, in whatever form that may be, or you’ve had to deal with health issues, finances, job trouble, the list goes on. I can assume that if you haven’t personally been feeling like you’re constantly knocked down, you’re seeing it happen to someone you’re close to. I wish it were the case that when we decide to live for Jesus all of life becomes a walk in the park but that’s not reality. We live in a fallen world and are going to have some hills and valleys to navigate through but, in that, we have God and His promises to cling to.
It can become exhausting – feeling like you’re just waiting for the next thing to knock you off your feet or wondering if you’re ever going to be able to catch your breath. Sometimes it may feel like you just can’t get back up again. You’ve been beaten down and have faced disappointment after disappointment, leading you to asking “why try?” What’s the point of continuing to get back up? We try because we have a good God. Romans 8:28 tells us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So yes, we may get knocked down and we may find it hard to get back up again but let’s not lose sight of who our God is. He is powerful and faithful and He will make a way – He will use the very things that knock us down as a testimony of hope for ourselves and for others. It’s when we begin to doubt how powerful our God is that we begin to ask “why try” when life gets hard. When we feel that doubt creep in, stop it in its tracks and run to the Truth of God. Open your Bible, talk to someone, reach out, and don’t give up. You’re not in this alone.
This life is going to require an armor of faith. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17). Each day, we have to make the decision to get up and arm ourselves for the day ahead. We have to stand firm in who God says that we are and who God is himself. We have to remember all that has been done for us and is being done through us and always carry the Word of the Lord as our protection. We will face a lot of crap in this world but we can choose to be prepared and rooted in strength and faith, knowing we can and will overcome hard things.
What we see as a battle, God uses as preparation. Just like when God was talking to the exiles from Jerusalem in Jeremiah 29, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” He has a plan for each of our lives. His calling and His timing for our life is perfect but it is going to require responsibility and preparedness to step into it fully. God’s intention isn’t to bring suffering, but He allows it because it enables us to draw closer to Him and helps us to be prepared for the calling He has for us. When we’ve been through hard things and made it through, it builds our faith. Each day we are becoming more equipped to step into any and all things that God has called us to – no matter how large or small it may be.
We don’t have to go through this life alone. Community is so important. It’s important to be surrounded by people who can help you get back up when it feels impossible. To have people that can walk through life with you is invaluable – to be able to share what’s happening in your life and to have someone willing to help you carry the weight of it. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Allow people in your life so that there is someone there to help you get back up. That’s what community is all about – that’s what Amplify is all about. We don’t just say we are a family, we mean it. Imagine what it could feel like to let someone in, to lean on someone, and to have someone to uplift you. Can it feel risky? Yes, but the reward could be well worth it. There is power in finding someone you can trust – maybe you join a small group, or find a counselor you can talk to. Surround yourself with people who are going to be there to point you back to Jesus and remind you that you’re not alone and every day is worth showing back up for.
You will get back up again. It may not always look like how you thought it would, but God works all things out for the good of His children who love Him and He’s going to work it out in your life. You will get back up again, and God will use that to strengthen you and allow you to help others get back up again too. “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” (Proverbs 24:16). Don’t stop. Don’t give up.