Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)
This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God that presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or
not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound
submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the
best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for
untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet
submission. So let us do.
More than Mere Words
I will give you the sure mercies of David. (Acts 13:34)
Nothing of man is sure, but everything of God is so. Especially are covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”
We are sure that the Lord meant His mercy. He did not speak mere words: there is substance and truth in every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never shall, for the good Lord will make good His word.
We are sure that the Lord will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of the Lord. They are sure to all the seed, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. We are sure that the Lord will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and take. What He has granted us is the token of much more. That which we have not yet received is as sure as that which has already come; therefore, let us wait before the Lord and be still.
There is no justifiable reason for the least doubt. God’s love, word, and faithfulness are sure. Many things are questionable, but of the Lord, we sing—
For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
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