Exalt God, Not Yourself

Daily Devotional

1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

Pride could cause your demise. It was the downfall of Nebuchadnezzar and then his son and if you are not careful it could bring you down as well. To avoid that from happening, 1 Peter 5:5 instructs us to be clothed with humility. King Nebuchadnezzar never got the message when Daniel told him to turn from his pride, he did not follow through and within 12 months, he was removed from his throne in Daniel 4:29 and found himself among the beasts of the field eating grass. He was brought to the lowest of lows because of his pride. He showed pride by declaring that the greatness of Babylon was due to his power and majesty. He showed pride by exalting himself and not God who was the one who made Him prosperous. Proverbs 16:18 tells us that pride goeth before a fall.

The importance of humility should never be undermined. In the same way that pride will bring us down, humility will lift us up. Luke 14:11 tells us that whosoever exalted himself shall be abased or brought low and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Consider what happened when King Nebuchadnezzar came to his senses and exalted God instead of himself in Daniel 4:34-35; when he did he was returned to his throne. His humility caused him to be exalted: the counselors and Lords of Babylon sought for him and restored him to His kingdom.

When 1 Peter 5:5 instructs us to be clothed with humility, what we are being told to do is to act with humility whatever our position and in every situation or circumstance that we find ourselves in. Never get high minded or try to put yourself above others, stay humble.

Life Application: Clothe yourself with humility by exalting God and esteeming others above yourself. 

Prayer: Lord, keep me grounded and humble in your presence. May I never think of myself in a pompous and arrogant way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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