Scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:1–11
Key verse: 1 Peter 5:6
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
The apostle Peter had a streak of rebellion that lay hidden until Jesus announced His impending death. Then it surfaced in prideful array (Matt. 16:23). Peter did not understand God’s plan nor did he respond to Christ’s words in faith.
He thought only of the ensuing political unrest facing the Jews. His entire life was apprehended by the thought of the Messiah sitting on the throne of David instead of personal fellowship he shared with Jesus.
Had the Lord not rebuked Peter’s actions, the other disciples might have begun nursing a rebellious attitude as well. But in obedience, Peter yielded himself to Christ and thus begun a deeper journey into a loving relationship with his Lord.
God’s way is not the way of rebellion, but the way of obedience. It is not the way of pride, but the way of humility. Years later and long after the death of Christ, Peter wrote, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
The secret to submission is not fighting back in rebellion but drawing close to Jesus. The way of the Cross is not the way of rebellion, but the way of humble submission. Will you submit all that you are to Him today?
I humbly submit to You, Lord. Draw me close to Jesus. Bring me by the way of the Cross.