Devotions, Sports

Lest You Fall

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12 NASB

It was a beautiful morning.  The air was warm and still with just enough cloud cover to keep the burning sun off my skin.  As I rolled my bicycle out of the garage, I noticed that the air pressure in my tires was a little low – perfect for taking on obstacles.  Though I usually fled from road hazards, on this day, I found myself seeking them out.  Gravel.  Sand.  Mud.  I handled each one as though I had been born to ride trails.  And the more of them I encountered, the more confident I became.

Rolling back into town several hours later, I felt like a champion and it was with this thought in mind that I pulled up to the crosswalk.  Leaning to my right, I reached for the “walk” button… and fell over.  I had managed the trails, but now as I lay bleeding on the sidewalk trying to detangle myself from my bicycle, I knew that my confidence had gotten the better of me.

I won’t pretend that I haven’t had similar experiences during the course of my Christian walk.  Confident in my ability to deal with major trials and temptations, I lose sight of God as the source of my strength and get taken down by the “little” sins which I thought were beyond me.  Humiliating?  Yes.  Perhaps that’s why Scripture goes to such lengths to remind us that “pride goes before the fall”.  Only when we approach life with an attitude of humility can we be guaranteed to succeed!

Challenge:  Today, pay special attention to the areas in which you feel most confident.  Then, take the time to thank God for your success and ask His blessing upon your future endeavors.