I Peter 5:6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you.
We don’t do a very good job of humbling ourselves. We look in the mirror and relish who we are and what we have accomplished. We admire ourselves and convince ourselves that we are the ones who made us into the people we have become. Let’s be honest with ourselves about this. We tend to give ourselves credit for our accomplishments in life. We wrestle with pride. We can’t avoid it.
We often struggle to admit it when we mess up, either with God or others. Pride wants us to think that we haven’t done anything wrong. It wants us to not admit our sins and mistakes. It wants us to be defensive instead of humble in heart. Pride keeps us from being blessed by God.
God commands us to humble ourselves before Him. He wants us to accept the fact that it is only through Him that we can do anything in life that is noteworthy. No matter how resourceful or talented we may be, it is God who enables us to be who we are and do what we do. He holds the key to life and death. He is the distributor of gifts. He is the one who allows us to live to become who we are.
Every one of us is born with great potential. God gives us the framework to do great things in life. Rather than boast about our role in becoming who we are, we should humbly give thanks to the Lord. It is God’s creative design that determines our gifts and talents. We are responsible for developing and using our gifts, but without the Lord, we have nothing of which to boast about.
Self-pride is sin and is damaging to the soul. It robs God of the glory and honor due Him. It takes the focus off of God and puts it on us. We must get our pride under control and humble ourselves before our Creator. We must give Him alone the glory and honor for what we do in life. The Lord will honor all who honor Him. Great is the reward of the humble in heart, who lives by His power and seeks to honor and glorify Him in all things.