Fall. Flat. On. Your. Face.
Now that is an old saying. It is a saying that I haven’t heard in a long time.
I grew up thinking it was just an old Southern saying. But somehow, I am a thinking that it might extend further than just the South.
There is much wisdom in it.
Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” (ESV)
For some reason, at times, we humans have a way of skipping right over the pride part and looking only to the humble part. Quickly thinking to one’s self, “I’m not prideful!”
In my devotional this morning, I happened to skip a day and landed on this verse. I am sure God planned it that way – to prepare my heart for Lent studying from John 14-17. Yep. My God is good.
I wanted to check out other translations of the Bible to see how this saying was worded. I am learning to love The Passion Translation. It seems to open up my senses to experience the Word.
SO, I am sharing that with you this morning:
“When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions.” (TPT)
After reading this – I couldn’t help but laugh. Such a good picture word.
In my walk with the Lord, to get to know Him, I have found myself on the ground, flat on my face, in awe of my Lord and Savior. Yep!
For when I presume, when I get a little prideful, and I fall flat on my face – what better position is there to learn how to humble myself in the sight of the Lord?
For you see, lying prostrate before the Lord, is a humbling position. One that I have learned to love and respect. I have learned much from the times I have spent lying flat face on the ground before the Lord.
God. Has. A. Sense. Of. Humor.
Loud and clear at times. That is why it is important to be listening for His Voice. And then, learning to obey what you hear Him say.
Dallas Willard has some words of wisdom about humility:
A fail-safe recipe for humility:
- Never Push
- Never Presume
- Never Pretend
Today, I leave a song with you. One that is simple, yet filled with much meat. Enjoy.
Learn to willingly accept what the Lord has for you when you find yourself flat on your face on the ground from a prideful moment – you are already there – worship Him!