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)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Humility seems to be in short supply these days. That’s because we don’t like to admit that we are helpless. Helplessness is a sign of weakness, and weakness means that you get beat up on the playground of life. The spoils go to the strong, the bold, the confident. It takes a measure of arrogance to stand up in public and say, “Vote for me,” “Listen to me,” “Buy my recording.” To quote an old country-western song, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way.”
Our anxieties remind us that we are not as mighty as we think we are. If we were, we would have no anxieties. We would worry about nothing because we would conquer anything that gets in our way. But our anxious hearts tell us something different. We are under the mighty hand of God, and the sooner we recognize this, the better it will be for us.
We cannot conquer our spiritual enemies: sin, death, and the devil. The devil knows this, and he stalks around looking for the lone sheep, the one who is isolated from the flock, the one who thinks he or she can go it alone. “Resist him,” Peter says. Resist the devil by standing firm in the faith, which means, resist him with Christ.
Christ alone conquers sin, death, and devil for us. He was humbled in our flesh to death on the cross. He died our death and was buried in our tomb. And from the depths of death, He was exalted as Lord of all, in heaven, on earth, and even under the earth (Philippians 2:5-11).
In Him you are exalted, even now, at the right hand of God. So humble yourselves. Humble old Adam and put him in his place, drowned in the baptismal deep. God will lift you up in Jesus. He already has. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Gracious Lord Jesus, teach me the way of humility, the way of your cross, the way of dying in order to live. I cast my cares on you, for you care for me. Deliver me from the evil one and his lies, and grant me to resist him standing firm in the confession of your holy Name. Amen.