I’ve heard before that “the bigger they are the harder they fall”. I’m not sure who coined this little phrase. It simply means the more power or success a person has, the harder it is for them to accept losing it. I believe that with much power comes much responsibility. Leaders who are in the limelight and really large in personality, fame and fortune seem to have a really hard time when they fail at anything. I personally believe that we all have to deal with failure at some level.
Ezekiel was telling Egypt and Pharaoh that they were about to have a hard fall. Check this out…
10 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. (Ezekiel 31:10-12 NIV)
I find throughout scripture that humility is a character trait that the Lord really loves. If I remain humble, then He gets the well-deserved credit for all He does. He also gets the credit for all the good that I’m a part of. He is the Lord over all. If any one person thinks I’m something or somebody, I should be quick to point out that I’m nothing without Him.
Please understand that a fall hurts when it happens. But a BIG fall hurts more than a little fall. I want to keep my heart and head in check so that I don’t become proud and haughty. All I have and all I know come from Him. He directs the choices I make that make me look so smart. I can’t live my life without Him.