Can you imagine a life without falling??
There is a way to protect ourselves from falling. The secret hides in the word, humility.
Humility is not weakness. Humility is strength under control. Like a wild horse trained to listen and respond to the rider. Or like a young ox walking yoked with the older ox.
When we prioritize the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and discipline ourselves to walk in Christ’s yoke, we automatically learn humility.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” This one verse packs a punch in exposing the laws of the universe and where we are designed to tread as God’s own children.
Reflective question: Do I want to walk on the universal scaffolding in unison with the Lord OR do I want to walk at odds with His laws? It’s kind of like asking whether I want to beat my head against a brick wall. The choice is mine. And yours.
God hates pride. He resists it. He purposefully designed the universe to teach us humility.
The opposite of pride is humility. In other words, pride bites and humility protects.
A very simple formula of Proverbs 16:18 might read as follows:
If pride precedes a fall, then avoiding pride prevents falling
or P>F and P-P=H.
Walking in pride is a choice of the will. Ego, flesh and personal agendas we can choose to exalt and follow. When we do, the laws of the universe dictate that we will fall.
I remember thinking to myself, “Hmmm, maybe the thousanth time I fall I will finally decide to consider humility…”
We can humble ourselves or God will humble us.
If we don’t want to fall, we don’t walk in pride. If we don’t want to fall, we walk in humility. Consider assuming a teachable heart and allowing the Lord to teach you to walk in humility. He is the Master of humility.
When the laws of physics and the laws of humility intersect, let’s ask ourselves, “How can I fall down if I am already bowed down?”
Join the Lord in an epic adventure! Press in to the Spirit of God. Open up your soul to His gracious handiwork. Listen for His whispers. Meditate on your humility verses. Ask Him to expose pride in your life. And watch your learning curve increase.
Ask God to open your eyes and show you where you can start protecting yourself (and others) by walking in a spirit of humility.
One step at a time. One lesson at a time. Never condemnation, only conviction. Receive His endless tsunami of grace. Devour His wildly delicious truth in the inmost parts.
As the learning curve increases, you’ll find yourself falling less and less. And eventually, not at all.
The troubles of life are already plentiful. Falling in pride doesn’t have to be one of them.
Why are we surprised at how much the Lord teaches us as we simply pay attention? …when as His children, that’s our purpose.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 29:23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
Matthew 23:12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
James 4:6b God resists the proud but shows favor to the humble.
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy
Proverbs 24:10 If you falter in times of trouble, how weak is your strength.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the Word and deceive yourselves, but do what it says.