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Trust God to do the Lifting.

1 Peter 5    Jeremiah 39-40    Psalm 138

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5, quoting Proverbs 3:34). The narratives for this day are united in proclaiming the message of God’s faithfulness to the humble. We hear it as the psalmist’s voice is added to that of Peter: “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away” (Psalm 138:6).  And we see it as Ebedmelech is saved because he trusted in the Lord (Jeremiah 39:18) and Jeremiah, when freed from captivity, is told, “go wherever you think it good and right to go” (40:4,5). Consider the nature of grace and humility. And their relationship to one another . . .

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God . . .” (1 Peter 5:6) And what might this humbling of ourselves involve? The answer is found in the balance of the sentence: “so that he may exalt you in due time.” Humility, at center, is a matter of trust. In God. Living, breathing, active trust. Notice Ebedmelech: saved because he “trusted” in the Lord. How? By taking bold action on behalf of Jeremiah, thereby risking his own life and saving Jeremiah’s (Jeremiah 38:7-13). “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me” (Psalm 138:7). So writes the psalmist. And Peter writes: “clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another” (1 Peter 5:5). Humility is a matter of doing the right thing and trusting God to do the preserving, caring, strengthening, and lifting . . .

“God . . . will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). God will. Whether it be “after you have suffered for a little while” or “on the day” we call (Psalm 138:3). And those who trust God in this act like it, “because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Timothy Keller was recently quoted as saying, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself. Humility is thinking of yourself less.” And this, truly, is a matter of trust in God. May God increase your strength of soul (Psalm 138:3). May your thoughts be of God and others. And may you always trust God to do the lifting. Amen.

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord,
endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
— Psalm 138:8

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