The LORD is nigh unto
them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite
spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all—
A just man
falleth seven times, and riseth up again—Prov. 24:16.
If at any time we find we
have taken a wrong course which is irretrievable, we may expect it
to bring the disappointments, as the Lord has foretold; but He may
permit it to bring, as well, some blessings in the way of contrition
of heart, and humility toward the Lord, and greater zeal,
watchfulness and faithfulness for the future. Thus even some of the
blunders of life may become stepping-stones to higher planes of
grace and truth.
Parallel passages: Deut. 4:29-31; Job 22:29; Psa. 51:17;
95:7,8; 147:3; Prov. 1:23; 28:13, 14; Isa. 57:15; 61:1-3; Hos. 14:1,
2; Jonah 2:4-9; Mic. 7:19; Luke 18:10-14; John 6:37; 15:7, 17-24;
Jas. 4:8; l.John 1:9.