Song: Touch the Sky
Artist: Hillsong United
Be ‘umble, find ‘ope
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble. It’s an uncomfortable word. A difficult word. For all sorts of reasons. Like pronunciation. Humble? Or ‘umble? If only pronunciation was our only hang up with this word!
Yesterday, we discovered that humility preserves unity; it’s an antidote to the wars, quarrels, and fights among us (James 4:1). Today, we realize that humility before God also fosters endurance.
Peter, writing to a group of Christians in the teeth of persecution, strikes a remarkably similar chord to James: Humble yourselves before God.
During our discussions on repentance and humility this week, Pastor Don said something that’s worth repeating: Humility is all about your point of reference.
And, in this passage, the point of reference is undeniably God. It’s His mighty hand that gives hope in the face of persecution. It’s his care that preserves. It’s His grace that restores, confirms, strengthens and establishes.
It’s interesting what Peter doesn’t say. Humble yourselves, and your adversary the devil will leave you alone. Or, humble yourselves, and you’ll be rid of this persecution for your faith.
Rather, Peter says humble yourself before God, and you’ll see your anxieties, your adversary, and your persecution in their proper light. In the hands of the One whose purposes will never be overcome – whose dominion is forever and ever.
Humility, in this passage, is not silent. It’s not passive. It’s not a push-over. It’s sober-minded. It’s aware. It’s vigilant. It’s firm.
And it’s all of those things because it’s anchored in God’s mighty hand, His care, and His grace. And this fosters ‘ope!
As you think about repentance in your life today, take a moment to answer the question: What (or who) is your point of reference today?