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What Happened
I DON’T UNDERSTAND what happened! He’s a pillar in our department and our church, and active in the ministry to the firefighters and their families in his area.

Sue Reynolds, Missionary – Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International (FCFI), and Chaplain Gaius Reynolds, President – FCFI; Volunteer Firefighter – Livermore, CO, Fire Protection District


A brother in need is a brother indeed

I DON’T UNDERSTAND what happened! He’s a pillar in our department and our church, and active in the ministry to the firefighters and their families in his area. If anyone needed anything, he was there or made sure someone else was. He seemed to have it all together—a loving wife, two kids—and now this?” As I listened to him pour out his concern for a friend stepping outside God’s will, I understood why God recently directed me to a study of King David.

David advanced through the ranks, so to speak, from shepherd to hero when he slew Goliath, then to military prowess, and then to the role of anointed king. Unlike most kings before him, he was highly honored and respected by both God and man. He wrote many psalms expressing to God his anguish, and his adoration of God. He was God’s anointed king who brought victory and security to Israel. With his position came recognition, many luxuries, and, unfortunately, leisure time. As he idly wandered about at night on his rooftop, while his men were fighting for Israel, he looked, paused, and failed to heed God’s command, acting on temptation. His consequent sins brought continued strife to his family.

“… for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.” (Proverbs 24:16, 17)

David would have been much better off if he had understood what God later wrote through Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”

Isn’t it just like that old crafty tempter to attack people when they’re down, in need, or feeling as if they are so strong in their ministry and personal relationship with God they let their defenses down? Be it idleness, absorption in good works, or false assurance leading to the belief, “Not me. I’d never do that!” Satan knows our weaknesses and is out to destroy people’s ministries.

Are you feeling blessed? Used of God? Secure in your walk with him? If so, praise God, enjoy your blessings, but stay alert to the continual necessity of avoiding sin.

If a friend is succumbing to temptation, help him rise again, and don’t gloat. Pray, be there, and pray some more.


Let me always act on the principle that “a brother in need is a brother indeed.” When I see a brother or sister falling, use me, Lord, to lift them up and not gloat. Likewise, help me never feel I’m “standing so firm” that I’m above temptation. May I continue to let your Word be a light for my path.

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