Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time.

1 Peter 5: 6

 

Humility is a tough concept to grasp. Worldly wisdom says that if you have too much of it, no one will listen to you. Its voice continually directs us to be wise and to exhibit strength so that others will respect and follow us. So there is established a daily challenge for people who know Christ. For during the course of every day of my life there is more than enough wisdom and way more strength available to me than I ever realize and than I ever utilize. This is particularly true on the days when I am most stretched by trying to just keep up with the stresses and the demands that life has covered me with. These are the times when I am most likely to go deep into myself to try to find the resources that my ego tells me are always going to get me through.

 

My mind tells me that I have it all under control, that I always have the answers, and that I am the captain of my own ship’s destiny. Yet, my relationship with Christ is slowly teaching me that everything that actually works comes from Him. So, I am placed into a quandary of decision, for in the most demanding and stressful of times in my life, I need to become the most submitted to the love, wisdom, and grace of God. In other words, at the moment that my experience, training, and practice drive me toward independence and personal strength, Christ asks me to let all of that go and trust Him first, and this is counter to my well trained, deeply-held and intuitive response.

 

Still, the truth is that God’s hand is mighty. His loving heart is huge beyond description, and His desire is for me to prosper in ways that matter at the eternal level. When I take the time to pray my way into and through the hard conversations, interactions, and decisions of my day, the Lord never fails to give me wisdom, understanding, and the peace that I need to proceed. As I let God’s Word provide me with guidance and His Spirit mentor my decisions, things become clearer, and my responses take on a loving attitude that is not naturally mine.

 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.

1 Peter 5: 6

 

We humans do not always do so well with the concept of humility; in fact, we often work extra hard at demonstrating the many ways that we are capable, competent, and superior to others. This approach to life is taught by our parents, teachers, coaches, and bosses, and it is reinforced by the majority of the messages that we hear continually in our culture. There is a place for the kind of confidence and self-esteem that allows us to face the day with our heads held high and to take on challenges with the idea that, when it is all done, we will prevail. God’s word speaks frequently of the marvelous and highly capable person that He sees when He looks at us, and the Spirit of Christ speaks to our hearts and our minds about the wonderful truth of our glorious beauty that is made real in and is expressed through our relationship with Him.

 

What Peter is talking about here is the source of our confidence and the force behind our competence, for when it comes to us, there is a very real connection between source, resource, and outward expression. The more that we are looking inwardly at our own skills, intellect, and might as the reservoir of energy for living a confident life, the more we will live that life for the glory of ourselves. Yet, as we recognize the Lord as the true giver of strength, wisdom, and direction, we become more Christ-like in the ways that we move confidently through the day. As we stay closely connected to God through His word, prayer, and meditation on Him, we do have the ability to look inwardly; however, we are then looking to God’s Spirit within us, and that makes all of the difference.

 

God’s might is not used to hold us down, and it is never oppressive. He always lifts up, holds up, and elevates our hearts. His mighty hand never crushes us. It protects and provides us with direction; and it holds us in the loving embrace of a Father. God puts His arm around my shoulder, speaks intimately to me, and sends me into life’s game with His purpose, plan, and confidence alive in my mind and resonating through my heart.

 

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time.

1 Peter 5: 6

 

Humility is a tough concept to grasp. Worldly wisdom says that if you have too much of it, no one will listen to you. Its voice continually directs us to be wise and to exhibit strength so that others will respect and follow us. So there is established a daily challenge for people who know Christ. For during the course of every day of my life there is more than enough wisdom and way more strength available to me than I ever realize and than I ever utilize. This is particularly true on the days when I am most stretched by trying to just keep up with the stresses and the demands that life has covered me with. These are the times when I am most likely to go deep into myself to try to find the resources that my ego tells me are always going to get me through.

 

My mind tells me that I have it all under control, that I always have the answers, and that I am the captain of my own ship’s destiny. Yet, my relationship with Christ is slowly teaching me that everything that actually works comes from Him. So, I am placed into a quandary of decision, for in the most demanding and stressful of times in my life, I need to become the most submitted to the love, wisdom, and grace of God. In other words, at the moment that my experience, training, and practice drive me toward independence and personal strength, Christ asks me to let all of that go and trust Him first, and this is counter to my well trained, deeply-held and intuitive response.

 

Still, the truth is that God’s hand is mighty. His loving heart is huge beyond description, and His desire is for me to prosper in ways that matter at the eternal level. When I take the time to pray my way into and through the hard conversations, interactions, and decisions of my day, the Lord never fails to give me wisdom, understanding, and the peace that I need to proceed. As I let God’s word provide me with guidance and His Spirit mentor my decisions, things become clearer, and my responses take on a loving attitude that is not naturally mine.