Daily Reading:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Pet. 5:6)

My freshman year in college I joined a campus-wide singing competition called the Sing Song. Not a singer myself, I was thrilled to be included. One of the songs was “Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord.” Not a believer at the time, I was deeply touched by the rich voices of the young men as they sang in unison. I had no idea that the song was scriptural. The word humble meant nothing to me, especially as it related to the Lord. But the haunting tone touched me in the deep places.

Today I know that the Word of God in the song was like a two-edged sword in my heart. I also know that humility is a virtue, a state of being where one submits to God and others. From the Latin word humilitas, it is translated grounded or low. What a beautiful description for one submitted to the Lord. Jesus modeled perfect humility, submission even to death. Obedient to the will of God, He came under the Lord’s mighty hand and was lifted up to sit at the right hand of the Father.

We can never be infinite in perfection as Jesus is. But by keeping our eyes on Him, by focusing on God’s will for our lives, the haunting tones of humility—his song of submission—will make its home in our hearts.

Ask God to show you where you are not submitting to His mighty hand.

Marty Norman is an avid reader, loves to hike, and is passionate about mission work.