Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5: 6,7

 

Humility is a hard thing for most people to fully embrace. It requires us to step away from our strengths and greatest competencies and move toward the greater authority, power, and capacity that are possessed by someone else. This is seldom easy when we are dealing with people, and it can be utterly abstract when it comes to being humble before God, who is spirit rather than flesh and blood. Power and the authority that it enforces matter greatly in earthly relationships. Those who hold power can demand submission, which is a coerced form of humility. Some people view God as one who holds this form of power over them.

 

There is no question in my mind and in my heart that God is powerful and that He is the only true authority on all matters in all of creation. Yet, the power that He possesses is always tempered by His character and its use conforms to the Lord’s redemptive plan and purpose that motivates and shapes all of His interaction with people. Love is the great and powerful energy that fuels God’s use of His power. He does not force us to order our lives under His rule; rather, God gives us His love and His gracious mercy in order to attract our wandering hearts back to their valid dwelling place in Him.

 

God asks us to willingly submit to His will and to follow His path through life, for this is what brings the greatest good to each of us and to the entire world. This may not always seem to be true for us. God does call upon each of us to set aside things which look and feel desirable and that are often held up by others as our own true path in life in order to follow Christ into a life of righteous living. As we travel along this narrow path that the Lord has selected for us we are free to leave our human fears and concerns behind. We can step boldly into a future that is obscured by the dust that the chaos of this world has stirred up around us for our weak hand is firmly grasped in God’s loving and all-mighty grip.

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