Proverbs 24:17, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth , and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : (vs.18) Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.”
Wisdom says, “Rejoice not”. There is no glory in saying, “I told you so”. There is nothing to celebrate when people have a moral fall right before our very eyes. There is no honor exposing the weaknesses and the hurts of others. No honest or honorable person could find any happiness in a sad and scandalous situation.
We all have enemies. i mean people who don’t wish us well. People who would like to see us get what we really deserve and not the favor of God. These are the people who resent your success because it is beyond their imagination. Even our enemies get a break from God!
If your opposition, adversary or “hater” hits the floor hard, do not let your heart enjoy the moment. We all “stumble” sometimes. Some of us are just in such high public places that when we stumble it looks like a jump from a skyscraper. We can stumble at any level.
God requires you to be spiritually mature when people fail in front of you. Control your emotions. When you see people who you didn’t agree with have a hard time, wipe the smile off your face. This is not the time to gloat or be glad.
Falls and failures hurt. No one wins when our leaders are taken aside or taken down from their important acts of service to the Church and community. The kingdom of God suffers shame when the world witnesses our weaknesses.
We serve the God of recovery, renewal and resurrection! We look forward to more anointed leaders recovering, rising and receiving the “double portion” that will empower them to live in holiness and in the power of the Spirit.