Prayer Emphasis Week
Daily Devotional – Tuesday, September 28, 2021
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10, NLT)
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” (1 Peter 5:6, NLT)
The need for humility is an often-overlooked truth. We have come to associate the word ‘humility’ with ‘humiliation’…and none of us wants that. Though sharing a common root word, these two are actually quite different. Humiliation is often something that you suffer at the hands of another during which your pride takes a bruising; humility on the other hand is a posture you adopt, subjecting your pride of your own freewill. So, when God tells us to ‘humble ourselves’ He is not telling us to gird ourselves for a bout of embarrassment, but rather to allow our pride to be subjected to His will. By placing ourselves in His hands—our resources, our reputation, our future, our lives—we acknowledge His right over us. Our lives are not ours to direct and plan; they are to be God’s to use for His purposes. That requires humility.
Peter and James both understood the truth about humility. God is most pleased to work in and through those who are humble—those who will not claim credit for His work; those who will not look down their nose on others; those who will not allow their pride to get in the way. And in return He has promised to “lift you up in honour.” God is pleased to work through humble individuals and He will reward their faithful service. The Bible is full of examples…Joseph, slave turned ruler…Ruth, foreigner accepted into the family…Daniel, captive turned advisor…David, shepherd become king…Samuel, boy called to be a prophet…Esther, commoner chosen as queen…to name just a few.
When we come to God in prayer, it should be with a humble attitude—not demanding or petulant—but acknowledging that God knows what is best…always! We will often not know how He will work out a thing or the time that will be required; it is humility that will keep our sinful pride in check when God chooses to answer in a way we weren’t expecting. Being humble does not come naturally, but it is an incredibly important ingredient in our relationship with God if we want to experience ‘His power made perfect in weakness!’
~ Pastor Jane
Song for Reflection - “Humble King” Brenton Brown performed by Vineyard Worship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Rohc92j9M
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!