“Seek To Be Humble”
By Zach Wood
1 Peter 5:6 NIV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
We all know there is a time and a place for everything. There is a time to laugh and a time to cry. There is a time to give advice and a time to just listen. We could pick many different scenarios about when it’s a proper time to do this or do that. Also a time when we should say this or say that.
Throughout my years of life, I have regretted many times when I chose to focus on my needs and not the needs of others. It’s not that my needs aren’t important, but Christ calls me to seek out the needs and concerns of others so that I can focus on them and reach out to them in their times of need.
There have been times when I have been too proud of something I’ve done and have needed to be put in my place so that I scale down my attitude of pride. It’s so hard many times to be humble. So often I just feel the desire to think more of myself than I ought to and God reminds me of who I really am. I am nothing without Him.
There are so many times in our lives as Christians that we want to be recognized and rewarded for things we have done. Not one of us would say we don’t desire to be noticed and appreciated for great things we have done. However, we often want to be rewarded often for what we do and we would have to admit that we often also look for opportunities to do something for someone just to get recognized.
Friends, we must be humble. Why? Because Christ was humble and He calls us to the same life. If we humble ourselves before God and allow Him to reward us when the time is right, He will. He will reward us in a way or ways we’ve never dreamed possible. However, we must submit ourselves to Him and release our pride and moments of selfish desires so that He can use us.
We absolutely must be humble. I am reminded of this song I sang all my years of growing up and into adulthood, “Humbly thyself in the sight of the Lord. And He will lift you up. Higher and higher and He will lift you up.”
Are we seeking to be humble so that God can lift us up in His time?
Zach Wood is a graduate of Johnson Bible College (Johnson University) in Knoxville, TN. He enjoys devotional writing, preaching, music ministry and computers. He works at Corporate Graphics Commercial as a Client Support Assistant in North Mankato. He lives in Eagle Lake with his wife and two girls. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org.