DayBreaks for 10/15/12 – Falling Like Lightning
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. – Luke 10:18 (NIV)
Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner did something amazing. He rode a hot air balloon (a very special one!) to an altitude of 24 miles before jumping out of the capsule that carried him that high. He then free-fell to earth for nine minutes, reaching a top speed of 833.9 miles per hour, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier while sky-diving. It was an amazing, incredible, courageous (some may say crazy) feat!
Here’s a lesson for us. It’s easy to fall…and once you start falling, it’s really, really hard to stop. It took Baumgartner only 9 minutes to get back to earth, but the ascent too much longer. It is always harder to go up than to come down. Falling is easy, ascending is hard. Ascending is hard work.
The Scriptures talk of ascending to God’s holy hill, or mountain. Ascending takes our breath away as we labor to move up the mountainside. Ascending requires sweat, even when in the cold of Mt. Everest. Ascending takes dedication, a strong motivation, a determination that falling never requires. Life lived in pursuit of God’s Presence is always in an upward direction. It takes effort. It will not happen by accident.
Falling away from His Presence is easy. All we have to do is let go of where we are and let go of our pursuit of the Holy and we’ll be zooming downward in a heartbeat. And it’s all downhill from there.
It’s also true that it’s much harder to build a reputation up than to tear one down – either your own, or someone else’s. Don’t do it.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, I pray that your Presence will continually remind us that all shall one day be revealed! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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