Verse of the Day Devotion: 1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
Our focus verse for today tells us that we should be humble before God. In fact, he uses a very specific phrase that gives a fuller picture of what is meant: “under the mighty hand of God”. This phrase often speaks of being under the punishment of God. However, the meaning here speaks of a much more positive idea. This is to be understood in a more humble manner, that He provides a safe and profitable path, being hid as in the hollow of His hand as we fulfill His will.
However, the general idea is that when we do the work of God, that we do it in humility knowing that God is working through us, and that we are not to lift ourselves up in a prideful way. Solomon puts it this way, “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.” Proverbs 15:33. Before we are honored, we should submit to God in humility. Adam Clarke in his commentary on Proverbs says, “few persons ever arrive at honor who are not humble; and those who from low life have risen to places of trust and confidence, have been remarkable for humility.” Micah also has something to say about humility. “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
Now, back to 1 Peter 5. In verse five we read, “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.” 1 Peter 5:5. This verse comes from Proverbs 3:34, “Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” and is also referred to in James 4:6. It basically says that God resists the proud, those who place more emphasis and priority on what they do, rather than in what God is doing through them. And by being humble, we can anticipate a future exaltation. “that He may exalt you at the proper time.” 1 Peter 5:6b. Now, we do not know whether it will come in this life or the next, however, what God promises He will always do.
It is important that we always go before God in humility, understanding that He is our loving and merciful God. And we must always, in all humility, do the work of God in a manner that does not exalt ourselves but recognizes that God is doing the work through us. “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13. He does the work; we are the vessel He uses to accomplish His will. Therefore, we should not focus on ourselves as we do what God has called us to but focus on the one who called us and is working through us. In regards to myself, I am humbled that God chooses to use me at all, when I look back on my life prior to being saved. However, I am extremely thankful that He does. I pray that you who are reading this will see your calling and work in the same way.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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