Devotional Thought for Today – 02/08/2021

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1 Peter 5

In this the closing Chapter of Peter’s first Epistle to the churches scattered about Asia minor, he reminds them or maybe better put leaves them with some final instructions as the eldest of “elders.” 

v.1-4 Is an exhortation to the elders to feed the flock and lead as Jesus had taught him (Peter) to Shepherd them.

v.5-9 Are encouragement to the younger men of the church to be submissive to their elders,  sober and vigilant against the temptations of the devil. 

It is here we find our text for today v.6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (KJV)  There are three (3)  things here  I want to point out:

      •  We Must – Humble ourselves: this means bowing down before the authority of God, putting Him first always.  It does not mean being weak or having a sense of self-hatred (think the woke movement). Jesus was the epitome of humility and never could be accused of being weak. As C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
      • God WillExalt You: God glorifies the obedient. There are “mansions” in heaven for all true believers, Christ Jesus has promised so. Yet We also know that each believer will receive different “crowns” based upon your faithfulness to God.  I once explained it this way (sarcastically) to a fellow Christian who although professing believer did nothing for the kingdom. Some will have a mansion on the corner of State and Main others so far our on Rural Route 3 that they will need a set of Binoculars to clearly see the glory of God. 
      • His Time – in due time:  God’s timing is everything.  He alone has sovereign control over all the universe. We can accept this or deny the God of the Bible, His Word really leaves us no other option.  

Today’s Prayer 

From Matthew Henry’s Method of Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to deny myself, to take up my cross daily, and to follow Christ, Matthew 16:24(KJV) to keep under the body and bring it into subjection. 1 Corinthians 9:27(KJV)

For thy dominion is an everlasting dominion, and thy kingdom is from generation to generation: Thou dost according to thy will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay thy hand, or say unto thee, What doest thou? Daniel 4:34-35(KJV) or Why doest thou so?