Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
We live in a promote yourself, put your best foot forward world. Posts of new cars, new clothes, and perfect vacations fill our social media feeds. We stroke our egos by seeking the approval of others. Success coaches teach people how to push your way to the front of the crowd and focus the attention on you.
God’s economy works differently. God says if you want to be promoted, humble yourself before God.
Don’t get me wrong. God is not against promotion. God loves to bless and to promote His children. The word “exalt” means to receive a high place of privilege and honor.
God Honors the Humble
God honors those who humble themselves before Him. When you humble yourself, you confess your need of Him—humbling yourself before God is confessing that He is God, and you aren’t. Humbling yourself is submitting your life, desires, and will to Him. It is offering yourself as a living sacrifice before God.
God promises to promote and exalt those who humble themselves before Him.
Too often, we do His job. We exalt ourselves. In my personal experience that when I take God’s job and exalt myself, He takes my job and humbles me. (By the way, God is very good at humbling me.)
Humility Releases Power
When you humble yourself before God, you release God’s incredible power to work in your life.
God promises to exalt us in due season. That means He will exalt us on His time frame, not ours.
Humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God is allowing God to work in your life. Sometimes, when you feel the pressure of God’s hand on you, you resist. You fight back against God’s work in your life.
When you humble yourself, you release your life into His hands. You open the doors for God to send His blessings into your life. God lifts up and exalts those who humble themselves before Him.
Look at that promise again.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6
Make these confessions.
God blesses and exalts those who humble themselves before Him.
I will depend on God to promote and exalt me.
Today, I humble myself before God the Father.
I don’t promote myself, but I allow God to exalt me.
In Jesus name,
When you humble yourself, God will lift you up. He exalts the humble because they put their complete faith and trust in Him.
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