A defining trait of the Christian soldier is their ability to get up again, after being knocked down not once, twice, or even three times. This serves as a warning to wicked man.
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
— Proverbs 24:15-16
It reminds me of the time when the LORD taunts Satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” The dialog that ensues is actually quite fascinating when you consider how Satan led all the same arguments people use today to accuse God falsely. They blame God for everything that goes wrong in the world; they blame God for the consequences of [our] sin; and they even blame God for when things are going well for the righteous, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
Satan is given permission by the sovereign King of Heaven to afflict Job and reports back for his performance review “the very next day.”
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
You have to keep in mind at this point, Satan has already failed. But he’s going to try again (🤦), and the sovereign King of Heaven is once again going to give him permission along with the same rules of engagement as before. Somehow, Satan also manages to get Job’s wife in on it too. Have you ever noticed how God said, “still he [Job] holdeth fast his integrity” and it is Job’s wife who says, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” Yeah, that’s not suspect at all.
Well, as we know, in all this did not Job sin with his lips, but rather spoke into existence some of the greatest lyrics in Christian music to date: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Yea, in all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
This, my friends, is what you will find in the dwelling of the righteous. Sure, we may be surrounded by TVs, computers, tablets, smart phones, musical instruments, kitchen appliances, furniture, chandeliers, bath robes, espresso machines, bookshelves, notebooks, pets dearly loved, companions, family, friends, and decor from all walks of life. But make no mistake about, none of these things (and things left unmentioned) make up a Christian’s greatness. It is the beat up soldier on his/her knees, who disregards all these things,—yea even pushing them out of the way to create space anew—to confer with their high King in silence.
Loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness; feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; taking the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: hereby we stand and hereby we shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. We look out for our own too, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and just in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
— Ecc. 5:8
And if you see a just man falling, just wait; it’s not over yet. He will rise again, just as will all his brothers and sisters; comrades in Christ.