“A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring” (PV 25:26)
I had learned many things from Mordecai the Jew, Queen Esther’s uncle. I learned not to bow down to the devil or to his agents. I learned how to confront a situation with God’s wisdom and strength.
In the scripture above we are told that if a righteous man falls down before a wicked unbeliever that troubles the heavens. How can a born again believer ‘fall down’? He may fall into sin; he may backslide. As the wicked men witness the backsliding of a believer, there is ‘trouble in paradise’. The ungodly man rejoices to see that the children of God can fall into sin. That is what the devil wants to see. He is ready to pay any amount to watch such a disgraceful defeat of a child of God. The backsliding of the believers is top entertainment in hell. Another way is for a believer to fall down in worshipping the money or the status of a wicked rich man; or to give up his faith because of the oppression and persecution of wicked men. This trouble affects the source of the water-springs. The waters become bitter and poisoned. Many others die as they drink water down the river. Backsliding is a serious offence staining the name of God among men. It emboldens the sinners and discourages the believers. God forbid!
Long ago I made a covenant with God that He should never allow me to backslide, even if want to do it or pray that I should do it. I told Him to keep me close to His bosom and chastise me if I ever want to distance myself from His presence. I told God that I prefer to die and go to heaven than to disgrace His name in my life. That covenant works for me. I passed thru many trials because of my faith. But even when the fire was hot enough to ‘kill me’ I just could not think of backsliding. The very thought of it offended me as it offends my Father in heaven.
May God the Holy Spirit encourage you this hour! Do like Mordecai! Do not bow down to the rich and famous! Be faithful unto death and you shall receive the crown of life!