The face plant. The old “falling flat on your face”. The embarrassing, comical and sometimes very painful act of falling face forwards into some object, usually the ground.
In the Old Testament we hear about an episode when the Philistines who are enemies of the Israelites defeat them in battle and seize the ark of the covenant (1 Samuel 4). The gold covered ark contained the tablets of the LORD’s covenant with Israel; the Ten Commandments. The ark was a emblem of God’s presence and power.
So the Philistines take the ark back to their country placing it in the temple of their god Dagon. When they return to the temple the next morning the idol Dagan has fallen down. So they put their idol up right again. The next morning they return again to find their idol Dagon face planted on the floor with his head and arms broken off. Meanwhile sickness and tumors plague the Philistine people.
What idols are worshiped in our society? What are the values that we idolize and give our lives to? Greed, Sensual Pleasures, Self Power.
These false gods and idols are also face planted in the presence of the Lord. None offer real and abundant life. Rather following these gods causes sickness and disease in people and plagues society at large.
Pursuing these idols lead people into self destructive behavior.
People do face plants with their lives all the time.
God invites us to avoid face plants. God invites us into lives that are upright and fulfilling.
Blessed are those who fear the LORD,
who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.