Be Humbled

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:5-7)
God is so great, that it behooves all of us to humble ourselves. Looking deep into our own lives and inadequacies will likely keep us humble. But the command is “be humbled,” a passive imperative. Let God rule in our hearts and our lives.
Humbled people are not beat down by guilt. They are not consumed with making the self little. No, a humble man is one who doesn’t consider himself at all. He is the one who puts God first in every thing (Col. 1:15-17).
It would do us all good to hide behind the cross the way Paul did. Paul was not consumed with making a reputation or even unnecessarily defending himself against his many critics. Paul was an evangelist. His driving force was: “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
His boast: But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation (Gal. 6:14-15).
The radical, consuming love of the cross will humble the thoughtful onlooker. How can one look into His eyes, see His love, recognize His pain, or see the price He paid for our sins and not be humbled?
Be humbled under the mighty hand of God. The hand that created the world, that fashioned man, that led Israel out of Egypt to take the promised land, that parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River. The hand that protects you day in and out. Let him lead you and control your life.
Do you know about God’s hand? Isaiah tells us:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Isa. 49:15-16).
Be humbled therefore under the mighty and deeply loving hand of God, and He will exalt you at the proper time. He will act in His time, not yours. He will act rightly and lovingly. He will bless you greatly.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your judgment as the noonday (Psalm 37:3-6).
Today, listen and submit.

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