One Another Devotion - Day 32
1 Peter 5:5-6 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”
When reflecting on what this scripture is saying, I first thought of a person with more life experience or years looking after a younger person who is still learning the ropes. We are to be “subject to” our elders. In other words, not just “respect your elders,” but we are to “subject” ourselves. I looked up the definition of “be subject to”, and came up with: 1) being dependent or conditional upon something, 2) being under the dominion or authority, as of a sovereign, authority, or government, as in subject to the boss’s whims. In summary, we are to depend on the ways of our elders and accept that they have authority over us.
However, we as God’s people are ALL called to “clothe ourselves with humility toward one another.” I found an article on a Christian website that described humility like this; “humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s not thinking of yourself at all.” We are to look after each other and submit to one another, not just focus on ourselves. Whether you are a “younger” or an “elder”, we all rank the same in God’s eyes. This is a good reminder that we are all equal as brothers and sisters of Christ and should act accordingly.
The scripture also says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” At times in my life, I have encountered some Christian individuals who “pride” themselves in being followers of Christ. But God gives grace to the humble. So, I think the message here is to always be a humble servant of God. Let His light shine through on its own. A person shouldn’t have to walk around with a prideful spirit, as if to prove his/herself. Grace is given to the humble.
The last part of this is “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” Again, an important reminder that we are to live (under the hand of God), or with the fear of God in us. Yes, our God is a loving, forgiving, patient, kind Father, but we should always have a little fire lit under us to “be on” for Him. We never know when He may “exalt” us, meaning that He will raise us to a greater position of power.
Here is a question to reflect on:
1) Have you ever been in a situation where pride overshadowed your humility?