“Fall down, or you will fall down.”
Let’s explore the meaning of this leaf message together.
The first “fall down” can refer to worship and humility.
Psalm 95:6 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” When we worship God, we lift Him up. We focus upon God – not ourselves. We take a lower position while elevating Him as Lord of all. We surrender to Him as we fall down.
When we give the Lord this place of honor, we allow our lives to be more about Him and less about us. Proverbs 22:4 says, “Humility is the fear of the LORD.” This type of fear refers to a reverential fear or a feeling of awe. This is worship.
I Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” When we fall down in humility, God picks us up. Isaiah 29:19 tells us, “The humble will increase their joy in the LORD.”
May we follow the example of the angels in Revelation 7:11-12. “All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’”
We now move to the second “fall down”. In this case, it can be a description of moral descent – falling into sin when yielding to temptation.
Psalm 25:9 says, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.” Falling before the Lord in humility will keep us from falling into sin.
Matthew 26:41 encourages us to, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Paul says in Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Finding strength in the Lord will help us not fall into sin.
I John 2:1 says, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” The leaf I held in my hand could not be reattached to the tree from which it had fallen. However, if we fall because of sin, there is forgiveness and restoration for us.
Proverbs 18:12 says, “Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” This verse warns us, “Fall down, or you will fall down.”
Joseph Prince has said, “I am falling out of love with sin and falling in love with God.” He sets an example of how to not fall into sin by falling down in humility.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him (Jesus), and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Paul says in Ephesians 3:14 NLT, “I fall to my knees and pray to the Father.” May we follow Paul’s example and fall in prayer so we do not fall into sin!