So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” (II Kings 6:6).

When the iron axe head fell into the deeper part of river Jordan, the man of God asked, “Where did it fall?”

The head of the axe gives several cautions before getting dislodged from its stem. Firstly the wedges get dislodged one after the other and the head part begins to get loosened. When it is not fixed at this stage, the head comes off. At times, this causes serious dangers.

Just like the wedges coming off one by one, the prayerful life of a child of God comes off before she or he falls down. Bible reading gets stopped and assembling in the church is also ignored. The spiritual life of the individual gets shaken and ultimately he falls down.

When Samson fell in the dirt of the lust, his spiritual life was cautioned several times. He was with the harlot by name Delilah and often Delilah put him to test saying “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” His divine strength got weakened. He fell down; his eyes were plucked; he was handcuffed.

The Scripture says, “Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison” (Judges 16:21).

Several incidences happened one after the other prior to the fall of David. When he had to go to the Warfield, he did not go there. At a time when he was expected to read the Scripture and meditate, he was walking on the terrace. From there he saw a woman bathing on the ground floor, with lust. In the end, he had to fall into sin.

Are you in a fallen and backslidden condition? Analyse over where you had fallen down. God told the church of Ephesus, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5).

Dear children of God, never stay in the same place where you had fallen down. Only the trees will stay at the place where they had fallen. But you will have to get up. God is powerful to raise you up. The Scripture says that a righteous man will fall seven times and rise again. Will you get up? Will you get up so that you do not go into backsliding?

To meditate: “And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick and threw it in there; and he made the iron float” (II Kings 6:6).