1 Peter 5:6 1 minutes to read

1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

When we humble ourselves, to count others more significant than themselves, the concern might arise that who will then take care of the humble person’s needs. If a person is constantly looking at other’s needs above their own isn’t there a danger of being taken advantage of or not getting their own needs met?

This verse speaks to this concern. Here we are reminded of the “mighty hand of God”. Now God is Spirit so he doesn’t have physical hands but it speaks to his matchless, limitless power that theologians refer to as the Omnipotence of God. He has all power and he promises to use it to exalt those who choose to be humble toward others. Humility is then seen as an act of faith in the power and promise of God.

There is a key phrase here relating to timing. God will exalt the humble “at the proper time.” Only God knows what this looks like and when he will accomplish it. All we need to know if that he will do what is good and right all the time and his timing is perfect!

Reflection

Think about the connection between humility and faith as it relates to God’s promise and power to fulfill his promises.

Prayer

Help me resist the urge to exalt myself and choose instead to humble myself. May I trust your mighty power to exalt me in your perfect timing. Give me also, the patience to wait for your timing and not take things into my own hands but continue to put faith in your mighty hands.