6/10/14: Don’t Be Afraid to Fall


I didn’t learn everything I needed to know about teaching while I was in college. It wasn’t until I was actually, physically on the campus and in the classroom that some things came to my understanding. The most profound things I learned during my early days of teaching high school were not about the curriculum, but about the culture. And topping that list was a rule everyone knew: don’t fall. If you fell down, you would be the butt of jokes for weeks, maybe even years, depending upon the artistry of the fall.

I soon realized that the psychology behind the “don’t fall” rule had to do with more than just being judged as clumsy. Teenagers dread being embarrassed. They all want to be treated as their own person, but no one wants to stick out. That’s the driving understanding of fads and trends. Let’s all dress this way, wear our hair this way, choose these colors, buy these brands, follow these groups, eat these foods, go to these places, and repeat these sayings.

Some people never grow out of the all-consuming fear teens have about sticking out as individuals and chancing ridicule. However, as Christ-followers, we are encouraged to step away from the crowd, fall down at the feet of Jesus in a way that everybody can see, and use the attention to deflect all eyes toward Him.

Falling at Jesus’ feet can be easier said than done. This means we are going to have to trust Him when what He says contradicts what seems to be going on all around us. We are going to be called upon to stand against the culture by espousing truths from Scripture that contradict popular sentiment. We are going to have to see with the eyes of faith what others can’t see with their natural peepers. We are going to have to speak of deliverances not yet seen as though they are just around the corner. After all, this indeed is the essence of faith, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJ). When we fall at the feet of the Lord, believing in faith for what has not yet appeared, we can get scared about being embarrassed. What if God doesn’t come through? What if things stay as they seem? I’ll look like a fool having believed the opposite of what everyone else knew was the reality all along.

David, the great Psalmist, knew the feeling of not wanting to be embarrassed, so he wrote, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame” Psalm 71:1 (NKJ). To be put to shame means to be dry, anxious, confounded, or disappointed. David had found the key to the strength of the fallen position, and that is to realize whose feet we’re in front of. As long as we’re clinging to God’s truth about any subject, we can be assured that we will “never be put to shame.” Another scripture says, “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” Romans 3:3-4a (NKJ).

So don’t be afraid to fall before the Lord. You will not be embarrassed. Worship God today by falling at Jesus’ feet with your faith in His word about whatever you are believing Him for.


©2014 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on June 10, 2014.

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