24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:24-25
There is a song built around these two verses and if you have ever sung it you might catch yourself asking about this notion that God is able to keep us from stumbling (falling in the King James). If God is able to keep us from stumbling, why does it seem like we are stumbling around so much of the time? The idea behind what James is trying to say isn’t that we won’t mess up or stumble or fall; it is that God is able to work through and with all of the stumbles and falls that we do make.
This idea is reflected in Romans 8 and the statement that God works all things together for good. God is able to take our worst failures, our hardest moments, our outright betrayal and weaknesses and work these things through for good and for His glory. He is able to keep you. He is more than able to deal with whatever you have facing you today. Let this reality bring joy, or if you can see it “great joy,” just as Jude has proclaimed to us.