We all face adversity at one time or another in our lives, and how we handle the circumstances of life speaks volumes of our inner man and woman. In the book “As a Man Thinketh”, author James Allen shares the idea that circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him to himself. And when we consider how a Godly person might handle adversity, we can turn to the Bible, or consider today’s quote.
“You can’t keep a good man down.” – American Idiom, Author Unknown
While we are not sure where the quote “You can’t keep a good man down” originated, there have been countless songs published and recorded over the past century – yes I said century. The first known recording of the song was composed by M. F. Carey and sung by Dan W. Quinn in 1904 on Victor Records. Here is the original courtesy of The Library of Congress Jukebox and Sony Music Entertainment.
Over the past 100 years various “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” songs have been written and recorded, and eventually adapted to the story of Jesus. Just check out Youtube.
Although it’s not found in the Bible, it is Biblically true that there is no way to keep a good man or good woman down. Yes, there may be times where we are down, but for the believer, we are never out. There are many Biblical examples of those who have faced adversity only to overcome, like the patriarch Joseph, or David, or Peter, or Paul. But the greatest example is Jesus Christ Himself, who was crucified and put “down” in the grave, only to rise on the third day. Granted, that we are not Jesus, or any of the examples we find in the Bible, but we share in the same promise that if God be for us, there is nothing that can prevail against us. No, you can’t keep a good man or woman down.
You Are What You Think (As a man thinketh)