DEVOTION – DAY 84
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble Yourselves”
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
The Israelites complained to Moses when they had no water and food in the wilderness. They wondered if God had used Moses to lead them to die in the wilderness. In the same way, there are some Christians today who complain when they face difficulties. They cry out to God and ask Him why their prayers for deliverance remains unanswered. They even doubt if God existed at all. Some even turn their backs on God in anger as if their difficulties were somehow God’s fault.
But 1 Peter 5:5 teaches us “to clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” This means that we do not act as if God owes us nor can we expect God to answer our prayers immediately. When we do that, it reveals that we forget our position before God. God is our Heavenly Father and we are His subjects. We must follow what v.6 calls us to do, that is to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. We can bring our prayer requests humbly before God and God will lift us up in due time. This means that God will answer our prayers in His perfect timing – which may be much longer than we would like. We are called to humbly trust that God sees a bigger picture than we do and His timing is always right and good.
I know someone who was facing a financial crisis. He was trying to maintain a lifestyle that he could no longer afford. So, he cried out to God for help and expected his prayers to be answered quickly. But his financial crisis remained. He became angry with God. He turned his back on God and even stopped going to church. He stopped praying. He sought help from his friends and they failed him. He complained about his misfortunes and became bitter. His actions showed that he was too proud to seek God in humility. He was also not humble to others. He did not realize that the financial crisis was God’s way to bring him to his knees and to help create in him a humble heart that draws him closer to God. Instead, he allowed his pride and anger to drive him away from God.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, please help us to remain humble before you and before others. Help us to wait patiently for your deliverance in your perfect timing and to give you all the glory. In Jesus’ wonderful name we ask, Amen.
- What attitude should you have when you want to seek help from others and from God?
- What do you learn about God’s timing from this devotion? Share an experience of how God’s timing had been perfect for you in the past.
- How can you be humble before others? How can you be humble before God when you seek His help?