When One Falls Down

Hurricanes, Fallen Trees, & Biblical Correction

Hurricane Irma blew down an eighty-foot pine in our front yard. 

Were it not for another large pine blocking its path, we’d have lost part of our roof. 

Hurricanes, Fallen Trees, & Biblical Correction
I couldn’t help thinking of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “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.” 

In the end, the fallen tree had to be cut up and removed, but godly friends in our lives not only block us from paths of destruction, they lift us up when we fall and restore us to an upright position in Christ. 

Unfortunately, we’re often afraid to “push against” a falling brother for fear of being rejected or called judgmental. And we’re often resistant to those who try to keep us from falling. 

What can we do? Pray for good, honest friends and pray to be a good, honest friend (Galatians 6:1). Pray that we will be unafraid to give and receive Biblical correction (Proverbs 19:20). 

You might enjoy the other devotion I wrote about this tree: 6 Ways to Keep Rooted. To do a short Bible study on this devotion, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.

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