“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16a)
I’ve heard this verse a thousand times, and for the longest time I thought it was talking about sin when it says “fall.” But then I read the second half of the verse.
“But the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” (Proverbs 24:16b)
When the writer talks about falling, he isn’t talking about sin. He’s talking about calamities—afflictions, problems, trials, sufferings—whatever you want to call it. He connects that when the righteous suffer, they make it through, but the wicked don’t.
So when the righteous experience this, they may be pushed down for a moment, but they get back up and keep going. I think it’s important to point out that in order to fall, though, you have to be standing, and in order to trip, as some versions use as the word, you have to be moving. Therefore, righteous people are always moving; they’re standing up for what’s right and moving towards God.
When the wicked experience trouble, it might be the end for them, but the righteous—those that know God and are made right through Jesus’ sacrifice—know there’s more to life than their problems. They see what’s ahead of them, pick themselves up, and continue to run with all the hope that they have.
Because although they might trip, they rise up again and keep going.