Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Falling Down



“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” --1 Corinthians 10:12

Being four-legged, Lexi is pretty stable on ice and snow. Even if one foot slips, she can maintain her balance on the other three. But one icy morning all four of Lexi’s paws slipped out from under her, and she landed sprawled-legged on her belly. I laughed out loud. She quickly scrambled up and resumed her jog; it took me longer to recover from my surprise. I never expected Lexi to fall down like that. Maybe we don’t expect ourselves to fall when we walk with God. We trust to Psalm 37:31: “The law of God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.” When Paul admonishes, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you” (1 Corinthians 15:58), we think we can do it. We neglect Paul’s warning in 1 Corinthians 10:12: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” Even if one foot slips a little, we believe we can maintain our balance. Until we fall down. Then we remember that it’s God who upholds those who fall (Psalm 145:14). We might fall down when we walk with God, but he promises to pick us up again.

Dear God, Teach me to be careful that I don’t fall. Amen

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