Monthly W0W – From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Happy New Year to you and yours. Thanks so much for coming by. I’m smiling as I realize this is the first blog I’ll write this year, and how appropriate that we start with our monthly words of wisdom. Come on in.

The Bible is full of relevant and life-changing directions and I wasn’t even sure which one to start with until just yesterday, and then I received confirmation while sitting in church listening to our pastor. Our monthly WOW is found in the First book of Peter, Chapter 5, Verses 6&7, which says: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (NKJV)

There is so much food to eat here in these two scriptures alone that I’m thinking we’ve got at least a three-course meal here, plus dessert! So for those of you who have been reading the “Happy to be Sad” series, please know, I will get back to it when we’ve completed this. I just can’t skip over any part of the meal here. Once I learn something and begin to digest it and try to live it, it is my God-given responsibility to share the whole thing, not just bits and pieces. I promise, though, it won’t be boring.

Let me give you a bit of background before jumping into these verses. This was written during a time of great persecution of the First Century Christians who were targets of attack because they no longer participated in paganism and its religious practices. In the view of the Pagans, the First Century Christians abandoned their gods and so they blamed the early Christians for everything from natural disasters to economic downturns. (I wonder how disastrous their disasters were, and how far down their economy went! Interesting to think those things happened even back then, but in my opinion, they are now on a greater scale!)

The First Century Christians were even more vulnerable because they were often strangers wherever they landed because the Pagans would drive them out of their cities by persecution or by policy because they came from a Jewish background. These Christians, more often than not, had little security, job or otherwise, an extremely low social status and very little recourse to government protection

Peter writes these letters of instruction to encourage them, and to encourage us. Let’s allow these words to do just that because after all, we are more likely than not in a much more secure, socially accepted and protected place in life than the First Century Christian.

Look at the first part of Verse 6, “Humble yourselves” . . . Let’s stop right there. “Humble yourselves” tells me that He’s not the one to humble us; we’re supposed to do it. When I first realized this, I thought there had to be some mistake, because isn’t He the one who actually does it? Not necessarily. Let me give you a couple of things to chew on. I have learned from experience that if we do not humble ourselves, then, yes, He will come in and help us do what I’m now learning is our part of the deal, or our job, if you will.

But if you look at the last part of Verse 6, His job and His desire is to exalt us. So when we humble ourselves – under the mighty hand of God – He will exalt us in due time, which means it will be He who waves the “go” flag on yours and my exaltation and only when we have done our part of it, “humbled ourselves.”

In other scriptures, “humble yourselves” is analogous to clothing ourselves in humility. Think about it like this: You wouldn’t go run out in the streets naked, would you? I hope not! 🙂 You’d get in some serious trouble. And yet to not be clothed with humility is to run around outside naked and the only time that was okay was back in the Garden of Eden, before Eve and Adam goofed! Yes, I said both of them, but that’s a whole other series. Come back for more of this four-course meal tomorrow.


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2 Responses to “Monthly W0W – From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Happy 2011 and a great blog to start it off. Humble, interesting word isn’t it? Such an important word in so many, many ways. You are so right that it is our duty to do the humbling of ourselves. He didn’t say it was our duty to humble others and pass judgement on them for not being humble enough or at all. We are each responsible for ourselves, to submit to Him all and He will go before us and prepare the way and we point always to Him as our alpha and omega. He has the big picture and we just see a pixel at a time. Wait until you look upon the Grand Canyon and that feeling of awesome, incomprehensible sense of humbleness will overtake you! Your natural mind cannot even wrap itself around such a worldly sight. Can we even imagine what the heavenly is like? I am so glad that God is in control of my life and I humble myself before Him to lead, teach, guide, help, comfort, understand, give wisdom and discernment. Keeping my eyes looking up from my humbling down position is a great honor. Love Ya, Nanny-Mom

  2. admin says:

    You my sweet Nanny are quite the writer yourself:)