Monday, March 23, 2009

Under the Mighty Hand of God

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" (1Peter 5:6).

I once read that when you see the word therefore you should ask, "What's it there for?" Backing up to the previous verse we read that "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." For this reason, THEREFORE, we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

It's a no-brainer, really. It comes down to a simple question: Do you want your life to be limited to what only you can do yourself, or do you want the hand of God to lift you up to places and things that you could never otherwise reach? A.W. Tozer said, "God is looking for those through who He can do the impossible. What a pity that we settle for only those things we can do ourselves."

Humility is the God-given self assurance that eliminates the need to prove to others the worth of who you are, and the rightness of what you do.

Grace is the empowering presence of God, enabling you to be who God created you to be and to do what He has called you to do.

The proud will never experience this grace because they are only and always about themselves first and foremost. Any consideration they have of others is only as it somehow serves their own agendas.

But those who humble themselves fair far better in this world -- and in the next. Peter says that "God will exalt them in due time."

The phrase "due time" literally means "the opportune moment." It is best understood by the phrase, "being the right person in the right place at the right time for the right reasons." When God holds you under His mighty hand, you can be sure that He will bring you forth "in due season."

In this day when pride and greed are tearing our world apart, as fools tinker with matters that are way over their heads, my counsel to you as well as to my own soul is found in the Apostle Peter's choice words -- "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time."

Tomorrow I'll show the secret of exactly how to do this.

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