Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
It hasn’t been that long since I have prayed for God to humble me. It wasn’t long before He answered my prayer, though I realize saying that He humbled me lacks some humility in of itself. He is still working on me. But, I wanted to share.
He humbled me gently. Not in a way where I feel like “poor me” or want others to think similar thoughts. It is not like that. It happened in a way where I am in awe (again!) that He continues to put up with me and my poor discipline in giving Him all of my time. In a way that I know I need to reclaim my life…not for me, but for Him. In my faith, in my family life, physically, emotionally, in every area I need to surrender all to Him and for Him. It is something I constantly work on, but most assuredly not with all the effort I should. Now is the time. God is telling me (again!) He is enough…He is Lord…He is All. If I give everything to Him, all else will fall into place as it should. No, that doesn’t mean it will all fall into place as I think it should, but as He thinks it should. His plan prevails in the end…always.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
WOW! What a humbling verse!
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.