“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses and all the kings men, could not put Humpty together again.” After my grandson had woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning saying “Papaw” aloud , I began to have this nursery rhyme echoing through my mind. My grandson went right back to sleep, but there I lay pondering the words of this catastrophe that took place in Humpty Dumpty’s life. I began to think of the possible facts surrounding Humpty’s fall. (Amazing how God can stir the mind and thoughts of someone in 2014 with a nursery rhyme written in the late 1700’s.) Why was he on the wall? He was an oval egg. Should he not have known better? Was there something on the wall he wanted? Maybe he just wanted to see what was on the other side? Did someone advise him to go up there and even help him get there? Did they build a ramp to roll him up or rent a lift truck? And what happened that he would be so careless to fall off? After all, he was sitting on the wall, so there had to be a reason he stood up. Maybe he got up and just lost his balance? Whatever the facts surrounding his mishap we know that Humpty Dumpty was in a mess. He desperately needed help. He needed to be put together again and no one seemed to be able to help. All the kings horses in all their strength could not put him back together. All the kings men in all their intellect and authority could neither put the pieces back together or even come up with a plan. Many had heard of the news of Humpty’s dilemma and had even gathered around him, but could not heal his mess. As I continued to ponder Humpty’s story early that morning and later that day, I quickly realized that there were spiritual truths in the midst of this short verse.
All of us have felt like an oval egg on top of a narrow wall. We may find ourselves at times teetering and wobbling in a place where we know we should not be. The reasons we are there can be varied and many, too many to cover in this devotional. A couple reasons could simply be our flesh or our own godless, selfish nature leads us to that place. It could be peer pressure from someone else already there and coaxing us to go there too. Maybe we think a change will do us good and hastily begin the climb without consulting Godly advice. The fact is we have a choice whatever the conditions are. One of the keys to whether we should be on top of the wall is hearing the voice of God. Another is motivation. If God is asking you to step out in faith and climb to the top then obey Him with the motivation of bringing Him glory and lifting the name of Christ. If He has not given you the command to go , then it is an act of disobedience and you will find yourself as an oval egg on top of a narrow wall without His protection and in essence without God. I recently read an article stating that there are gatherings that are increasing in our nation that resemble Christian churches. They sing, they have announcements, they assist in helping communities and even have an eloquent speaker, but there is one thing that causes them to be different then a Christian church, they do not mention Christ or God. It is completely humanistic and self oriented. They do not like being called atheistic because it turns people off. My concern is that they have turned God off. What is the point? If they are so self absorbed that they make their meetings about them, then they will accomplish nothing eternally. It is earthly, fleshly satisfaction. They are oval eggs on a wall destined for a fall off the wall of self confidence.
So we know that Humpty Dumpty was sitting on the wall. He may have been sitting there relaxing and enjoying the view for a moment, but it wasn’t long after that he was sitting there in fear wondering what his next step would be. Allowing our flesh to lead us will take us to fearful places we should not go. Whatever the reason Humpty had for sitting there in that fearful place ,he yearned to be grounded again and in a safe place. Have you been there? It truly is a scary place. A helpless place. Sometimes while in that place , fear will freeze us and we cannot move. We know whatever move we make we have the possibility of falling and making a mess of our lives. Humpty Dumpty finally stood in an attempt to move from his fearful place and fell. Some saw him fall. Others heard his cry. Others saw the news on the Royal Facebook page and the social media was buzzing about Humpty Dumpty’s demise. (For those who think that is humorous , it is, but take a moment and think how that happens in our world today.) In rushed the king’s horses with straps and carts, but straps and carts is not what Humpty needed. How can you strap up and contain a mess like a broken egg? The cart will not help for how would you place him on it without making a further mess? So into the scene comes the kings men. Surely they can remedy this situation with all their intellect and knowledge. But they had no solution to Humpty’s horrible experience either. They looked through all their manuals and laptops could find no answers.
The life of David contains at least a couple of falls off the wall. In one instance, he stood on the wall of the palace balcony and “secretly” watched another man’s wife in lust. While on the wall of lust he even ordered the woman’s husband to die in battle. A prophet had later approached David and God had revealed to David through the prophet his fall off the wall and David was crushed in his spirit. His flesh had taken him to a place where he never should have been. It led to a mess. David had also later stood on a wall and counted all his soldiers and citizens of his kingdom when God had specifically asked him not to, for if he did , it would reveal David’s heart of trusting in man. David disobeyed and made another mess. In both cases there were consequences to David’s falls. He lost a child. His family was forever in turmoil. He could not build the temple. These were results of David’s falls from his disobedience to God. But even with all these falls and in all these messes God had revealed many years later in the book of Acts that David had a heart that followed hard after Him. How can this be? The stories of David’s falls do not end in the mess , but continue into a true heartfelt approach to his God in repentance and surrender. While laying in his mess he was quick to come back to his God and not attempt to find answers in other people.
The book of Psalms reveals over and over again the reality of David’s humanity when making disastrous mistakes or when the enemy would ruthlessly fight him. But the scripture also reveals that David knew where to go when he needed help. Psalms 51:10-14 (AMP) is one example. “Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right , persevering and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Even in reading those words of David I question how God could forgive him of all those things he had done. A fleshly part of me says to let him lay in his mess. In today’s world of cliché’s we would say ,”He made his bed. Let him lie in it.” But then I remember my own life. My own falls. My own messes and quickly thank the Lord for His mercy to hear and answer the cry of the genuine repenting heart. The heart of David within him was to serve and love his God despite his falls and failures.
The heart of God was to restore the heart of David to a pure relationship with Him. And now we live in the post-cross era with an even greater knowledge that God wanted the relationship restored more than man did. Yes He is a God of justice. Yes He is a God in which His mercies are new every morning. What we experience when we are laying in our mess is up to us. We cannot deny that there are consequences. David did not deny the consequences. But the mercy of God will even carry us through the consequences. David knew that He needed the presence of God especially in times of consequences. He knew he would never make it on his own. He knew all the king’s horses and all the king’s men would not carry him through, but His merciful God would.
Psalm 20:9, “Save Lord. Let the King hear us when we call.” Go directly to the King in the midst of your mess. Psalm 20:6, “Now I know that the Lord saveth His anointed.” How did David know? Because he experienced the Lord’s salvation in the midst of his mess. The anointed are those who have placed themselves under the umbrella or covering of the Most High God. I cannot imagine living one day without knowing I am under the protective , merciful covering of my God. To be in that place requires surrender. It is required whether everything is going well and you have everything under control or whether you are laying in a mess. There is a true story of a man who received a valuable Swiss watch when he had retired from his place of employment. A couple years after receiving the watch it had stopped working. He took the watch to local jewelry repair shops, but because it was a Swiss watch they could not repair it. A few months after his attempts to find someone to fix it a friend was going to Switzerland and said he would take the watch there to see if he could have it repaired. The man happily agreed. It was just a few days after the friend had taken the watch to the manufacturer in Switzerland that the watch returned to its owner in working condition and cleaned to a shining perfection. The company that made the watch had no trouble making it run again. Did you get that? Ever try to put a broken egg back together? There is only One Who can. Jesus came to earth and became a man. While he was here He experienced the true brokenness of messes. His last few days on earth were a mess. It looked as if He had fallen off the wall and it was over. And He didn’t make the mess. He was enduring the mess of mankind. But because He was sinless, He rose again the third day from the mess of death and cured the curse of sin upon fallen man. When He arose from the mess that sin had made on man, it provided resurrection power from your mess too. Romans 8:10 tells us that the same Holy Spirit that raised up Jesus from the grave dwells in every believer.
David was in a mess. He cried unto the Lord to restore the joy of his salvation and the Lord did. Paul was in a fleshly mess and struggled with his sinful nature and in Romans 7:24 he asked,” Oh wretched man that I am ! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?!” The answer is found in verse 24, “I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord !” Whatever mess you may be in respond in the same manner as David and Paul. Surrender yourself to the restoring power of Christ. Don’t look to the kings horses and the kings men, but go right to the King. Psalm 20:7, ” Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God. Allow me to reinforce a point made earlier because it is essential in being restored and staying restored. In verse 6 David proclaims that “the Lord saves His anointed.” His anointed are those who have surrendered to the umbrella of His covering , protection and strength. The anointing upon His people can be many things because the Holy Spirit is the power behind that anointing. One of those things is protection. I would not want to live one day without knowing I was under His umbrella of protection, especially in this day we live in. Do not allow anything to keep you from the Keeper of your life. Be careful not to enjoy the attention you get in wallowing in your mess and allow that attention to refrain your complete surrender to the Lord for deliverance. I know that sounds silly, but the flesh is cunning in its desire to receive attention. Follow the path Christ has paved to deliverance from your mess. Wholly submit your self, including your mess, to the saving power of Christ. His promise is to restore you from your captivity. Your captivity is not just the initial moment that you fall, but it is also whatever would keep you from getting back up.
Jeremiah Chapter 29 begins with the nation of Israel in captivity, but in the midst of that chapter are these words spoken through the prophet to those in the midst of their mess. (Verses 11-14 AMP) ” For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me and you will pray to Me and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me , inquire for and require Me as a vital necessity and find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity.” That , my friend, is the restoring love and power of our God when we call to Him and surrender all to Him.
Someone told me recently that in a children’s theme park, they had added to the story of Humpty Dumpty an ending of restoration. Mother Goose had stepped in and resurrected Humpty back to life. Let me share with you the gospel truth that there is One Restoring Resurrecting Power that is available today to you in the midst of your mess and He is just waiting for your surrender. His name is not Mother Goose, but Holy Spirit, and He will bring you back to the life that Jesus has provided for you.. He will deliver you from your captivity. Jesus already paid the price. Holy Spirit has already been sent to you from Heaven. Surrender and receive. If you just read that and the least bit of doubt entered your mind, crucify that doubt and surrender your entire life to the name of Jesus. Ask. Seek. Knock. Receive. (Matthew 7:7,8)
Continually surrendering to Him with you, Pastor Wes