11/29/13: The Way Up Starts Down

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Humility can be tough. We want to have a healthy self-image, good self-esteem, and conduct ourselves in a manner which will enable us to hold our heads up as we walk through life. To achieve these ends, it may seem as though we have to push ourselves to the top of the heap and the front of the line. However, God tells us that the opposite is actually true. The way up, starts down.

First Peter 5:5b-7 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (NKJ). When God says that he “resists the proud,” He is saying that He sets himself against those who would push themselves to be above others. He shows His kindness to those who display a disposition that is gentle, modest, reserved, unpretentious, and submissive. Being humble under God’s mighty hand means we leave the lifting of ourselves up to Him. Sure, we talk to Him about what concerns us—our wants, our needs, our “cares,”—but we then allow Him to take care of things because it is a fact that “He cares for you.”

Does this then say that being humble means we never do anything? Of course not. We must be responsible to walk through the doors God opens. Look at Daniel as an example. Daniel humbled himself under God’s mighty hand when he “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank” Daniel 1:8 (NKJ). After that, Daniel had to do as God led him. He studied for three years (see Daniel 1:5) so that when King Nebuchadnezzar interviewed and examined him and his three friends, they were “in all matters… ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm” Daniel 1:19-21 (NKJ). When the king needed someone to tell him his dream and the interpretation, again Daniel stepped up and told the king that God had given him the answer the king needed. This was not Daniel trying to push himself forward. Daniel was simply saying he was available to do what God gave him the gift and talent to do.

So don’t get humility twisted with self-abasement. Humility does not mean we can never let people know what God has gifted us to do, or how God has gifted us to serve in the Kingdom. Humility means we are first submissive under the hand of God. We are working to do and be what He has called us to do and be. Then humility means we are submissive to one another to serve each other with those gifts. And as we serve God and each other, trusting Him with our concerns, He will exalt us at just the right time—His time—because He cares for us.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on November 29, 2013.

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