Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Humility in the New Year

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Making Resolutions Is Good, But This Is Far Better

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 Pe 5:6-7

God tells us to humble ourselves when we’re concerned about the future.  To take the first step and acknowledge that we are not in control.

It’s not our mighty hand that directs our lives, but God’s mighty hand.  It’s not our mighty hand that provides for us, but God’s mighty hand.  To humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand means to acknowledge that he rules the universe and that we desire to submit to his will for our lives.

To humble ourselves means to acknowledge that we are powerless.  That we don’t control our lives. To humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand is bow down before our Creator and say, “Lord you are infinitely great, sovereign and wise, and I am not.”

We humble ourselves by casting all our anxieties on God in prayer.  By lifting our fears, needs, worries, and pressures to him.

Proud people don’t pray. When we don’t pray we are saying we can handle this. We don’t need any outside help, thanks. My mighty hand can take care of this.

Years ago I thought God was too busy running the universe to care about my pitiful little needs. But amazingly – the one who created the galaxies cares about every detail of our lives.  He cares about our children. About whether we’re lonely or not. About that situation that tempts us to be anxious. He cares for “you” – individually. He knows us by name. He’s engraved us on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:16).  He’s moved by our suffering. Jesus is a sympathetic high priest, for he’s suffered too.

He’s numbered every hair on our heads. If he knows when a single sparrow falls, he knows exactly we need.

What happens when we humble ourselves?  At the proper time God will exalt us.  He’ll lift us up. He will lift us out of our pit, out of our anxiety.  And he’ll do this “at the proper time” – it might not be when we would desire, but it will be at the very best time – the time that will give him maximum glory and bring us maximum joy.

What a great way to start the new year. Rather than making all kinds of resolutions about what WE will do, let’s bow down and acknowledge whose hand directs our lives.  Resolutions and goals are good – but what is far better is to humble ourselves before God and pray.  Pray constantly.  This year lets keep casting all our cares on the one who cares for us.

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