Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Firm in Your Faith

I was reading in 1 Peter 5 this morning and verses 6-11 caught my attention.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I have been thinking much about what humility actually looks like. False humility is such a huge temptation... but when I am laying all my anxiety at His feet, that is humbling. It is an act of submission knowing that I can do nothing about my fears, but He can do everything. I believe that faith has a huge connection to humility. The result of faith is submission and obedience to His ways regardless of if other roads seem easier. It takes humility to take my ideals and throw them aside for sake of following His perfect plan... but when I have my eyes fully fixed on Christ, there is nothing within me that wants it any other way. He confirms and strengthens and establishes us as we obey Him. It is within His nature to do so.

God, my anxious heart needs more of You. You have given me no reason not to trust You... but it is humbling to trust You. Rid my heart of any pride that would be keeping me from true humility. Guard me against the appearance of humility without the heart behind it. Humble me as You deem best. Thank You for Your care. Give me a heart of steadfastness in faith. Plant my feet firm in Your ways so that when the Satan comes to devour, Your grace would be my shelter in time of storm. I ask for Your perfecting work in my heart... and for Your confirming, strengthening, and establishing. I am needy... but You are awesome in splendor. Cause me to tremble before You. Thank You for meeting my every desire. You are all I need. Help me to truly believe that. Tune my heart to sing Your praise. You make everything glorious. Teach me to love You more.

1 comment:

Ashley Rogers said...

Encouraging and challenging reminder; this was exactly what I needed to read. Thank you for sharing it, Daniel.