Summary: Sometimes we need to ask God for special support
Lord, Prop me up on my Leaning Side
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I was traveling down one of the roads in Cabot, Arkansas the other day when I noticed an old house with something unusual around it.
The old house was near dilapidated having been there for probably many decades.
The paint was all but completely worn off the outside walls.
Grass and weeds had grown up all around it.
But the thing that stood out to me was the props that stood against the house.
Yes, the old house was about to fall over. It was leaning toward destruction!
But somebody had the bright idea of propping up the house on the leaning side!
Did it work? Sure it did! Those props were indeed holding up this old house and was keeping it from falling.
Now, I don’t really think it would be safe to spend the night there, and I would not recommend anyone even step a foot inside just for a few minutes.
But somebody had the intuition to place some long heavy planks against the house, hoping they would hold it up a little longer.
I was thinking that maybe the other sides of the house was in okay shape, but somehow this particular side of the house had some sort of decay, weakness, or fault that caused it to lean forward.
Sometimes we feel strong and secure in the Lord, knowing we have built on a strong foundation; and let the winds blow what may, we can stand against the storm!
But then over a period of time the storms do come, the winds do blow, difficult times do come, and the brightness does fade, and we begin to lean!
We don’t really intend to lean, we are sure our foundation is secure, but when the storms come, when temptations are coming at us from all angles, when the pressures of life begin to press against us, sometimes we begin to lean.
And if we don’t do something about it, the things of this life will cause us to crumble to the ground.
But that doesn’t have to happen to a child of God!
When we find ourselves leaning, we have a God who will support us!
He will prop us up so we won’t fall!
You know King David wasn’t always a strong and courageous man!
He didn’t always stand tall and sturdy!
When temptation knocked on his door, he found himself
When trouble came, David began to lean!
But then He cried out to God; “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1
Lord, let me lean on you! Hold me up Lord while I am going through these troubles. Don’t let me lean ‘til I crumble to the ground in a hopeless mass!
Oh, that old hymn of the church
What a fellowship, what a joy divine
Leaning on the everlasting arms,
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms.