It is no laughing matter to slip on a banana peel! However, it was the stuff of comedy routines in the early 1900’s Vaudeville stage. This form of physical humor even appeared in the early silent films. But it used to be much more of a hazard when it was common to throw one’s garbage out a window in the mid 1800’s. Even as late as 1880 the public was admonished in the Harper’s Weekly about this slime-covered booby trap. Just seven years ago a woman in California sued a store after allegedly falling and injuring herself on a peel left in the aisle.
People are stumbling in our verse for today. They are stumbling over the stumbling stone, who is Jesus Christ. Rather than obtaining a righteousness that is to come by faith in Him, law-followers put their trust in their own efforts at righteousness. Our right standing with God is given through faith in Jesus Christ whether Jew or Gentile (Romans 3:22). Unfortunately, there will always be those who feel it is their own efforts and works that save. They stumble over the Truth but keep walking, doing things their own way.
With that same attitude I am at risk to slip and fall. I have no righteousness of my own. I cannot earn my way to Heaven or earn His favor and blessing! He gives freely what I can never deserve. It is my pride talking when I entertain even a whisper of self-congratulation. He knows my every motive and thought and I know I cannot be righteous apart from Him. It is all grace.
Thank you Lord, for the right standing You have given me!