Lent Day 25

“If you are right with God, He strengthens you for the journey; the Lord will be pleased with your life. And even though you trip up, you will not fall on your face because He holds you by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

As a rule, we usually do not trip over the big stuff; we do not trip over the couch, or the dining table, or our nightstand. We do, however, trip over the little things, the toy car, the backpack left on the floor, or the hastily discarded shoe. 

Spiritually, we are very often tripped up by the seemingly ‘small stuff’. We skip our devotional time one morning. We dwell on an unkind thought about a brother or sister. We tell a ‘little white lie’. When we trip up over even the smallest thing, we lose our spiritual equilibrium. Equilibrium is the balance of competing influences. We daily live under the competing influences of our flesh and the Spirit of God. Any trip up can give the influence of the flesh the upper hand.

God promises in Psalm 37 that He will strengthen us for the journey (our journey toward holy living) and keep us from falling on our face. Though God promises His help, we have our part. We need to recognize and deal with the ‘small stuff’ that can trip us up, so it does not become a stumbling block to our spiritual equilibrium. When we trip over the same small thing again and again, it can become a big thing. Missing our devotional time once turns into missing our devotional time for a week or more. Our unkind thought about a brother or sister can morph into a critical spirit. The small things need our attention, so they do not become the big things.

Dear Father, help me to recognize and deal with the ‘small things’ that so easily trip me up. I thank you that You strengthen me for the journey and keep me from falling on my face. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Reenie Peppers


Dawn - March 24th, 2023 at 6:13am

What a great devotion! Lord, don’t let the small things trip me up.

Karen - March 24th, 2023 at 7:17am

Outstanding! Perfect guidance for our hectic lives.

Too often we let the little things dominate our thoughts and actions. Thank you for this timely reminder!