Daily D – 1 Peter 5:6-7
1 Peter 5:6, 7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)
1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (NIV)
When does life get out of hand? When we crawl out from under God’s mighty hand.
When are we most anxious? When we face life’s fierce reality on our own.
There is a better way.
Humble yourself and pray.
Some people live with such confidence in themselves invincibility becomes second nature. Those of us with chronic back pain would like to have a few words with these bulletproof souls. Every Superman and Superwoman has a problem with kryptonite.
What’s your kryptonite? You will discover it sooner than you think if you have not discovered it yet.
Everyone has a problem. Every person has a weakness. Blessed are those who have figured out this reality. The sooner we see ourselves for the time-bound, frail creatures of dust we are, the sooner seek God’s mighty hand to protect us, defend us, strengthen us, and use us to serve those who are figuring out their lack of invulnerability.
We begin living lives characterized as demonstrating a non-anxious presence when we willingly place ourselves under God’s mighty hand. He loves us with an everlasting love. Everything he does is motivated and animated by that love. Everything he brings to our lives or allows in our lives is directed toward seeking our highest good. That goodness is a stream to bless others with peace and purpose.
The three Bible verses above provide good prayer guidance for the beginning of our days. Pray like this morning by morning:
1. Keep me under your mighty hand.
2. Protect me.
3. Defend me.
4. Empower me.
5. Enlarge my area of influence so that others may see how good you are.
These verses remind us that prayer is not powerful, but God powerfully works in and through our lives when we humble ourselves under his mighty hand and seek to live lives of salt and light in a dark and tasteless world.
May you live fearlessly, confidently, influentially, and humbly as you seek to honor God and serve others.
I will live my life under God’s mighty hand.
Our Father, I yield my life to your intentions. Hold me, direct me, use me. Fill me, empower me, control me. Use me in whatever manner you see fit to demonstrate your marvelous and amazing grace. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”