Humility Before God
1 Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Luke 18:13-14: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Genesis 17:3: And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Physically getting on your face before God is a physical picture of what our heart attitude ought to be before Him. Getting on your face with the wrong heart attitude will be meaningless. God will know. We are blessed far above what we deserve just to be permitted to be on our faces before Him. When we are humble before Him in our hearts He makes everything right.
On our face before Him is the place where we can best hear from Him. It can tune out the distractions around us. It can break our connection with unimportant things. He deserves our total attention. Being on our face before Him can turn our mind upward. It opens a channel to Him. It corrects and strengthens our relationship with Him. We can see God better with the back of our head than with our eyes. Being on our face before God should eliminate our pride. Being on our face before God is like waving a white flag.
When violent criminals are arrested the police get them on their face. That is a very wise move. It becomes difficult for the criminal to resist. It becomes easier for the police to control him. It becomes easier to put handcuffs on him to further limit his ability to resist. It makes escape much more difficult. When we get on our face before God it is more difficult for us to resist Him and easier for Him to control us. It goes much easier for the criminal if he gets on his face willingly. It goes much easier on a Christian who willingly gets on his face before God. When the police must force the criminal to the ground it can cause him pain. When God must force us Christians to get on our face before Him it can be painful for us. Being on his stomach on the ground makes it more difficult for a criminal to see an escape route or to plan or execute an escape. Being on our faces before the Lord limits our ability to see escape routes or use them.
I have occasionally seen something notable in the behavior of dogs. Sometimes a small dog will get down on his belly and crawl submissively toward a bigger dog. It appears that the small dog is surrendering some sort of doggie authority to the big one. It is seeking peace without violence. It is seeking friendship. It is surrender. It is a demonstration of humility. I have never seen the big dog inflict any harm on the submissive one. The submissive one seems to always obtain mercy from the bigger one. I have never seen the bigger dog drive the smaller one away. God will never reject one who surrenders to Him.
There are many occasions in the Bible of men when men got on their faces before God both physically and with the right heart attitude. Ezekiel 3:23, Matthew 17:5-6, Luke 5:12, Luke 17:14-16, Isaiah 6:5, Luke 5:4-9.
Even Jesus fell on His face before The Father. If Jesus worshipped His Father, who are we do refuse to do that?
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Everyone human will worship Jesus Christ some day. If we don*t do it in this life we will do it in the future.
Philippians 2:5-11: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.