As we look back at the history of God’s faithfulness in our lives and as we thank him for being there for us in the midst of a trial, do we ever thank him for the trial itself? Perhaps you’re facing something right now and it’s hard to see God’s hand in it. Whatever it is you’re facing, despite how challenging it is, perhaps it is something to still thank God for.
“Therefore, allow yourselves to be humbled, under the powerful hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time.”
“ταπεινώθητε οὖν ὑπὸ τὴν κραταιὰν χεῖραν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα ὑμᾶς ὑψώσῃ ἐν καιρῷ.”
1 – According to 1 Peter 5:6, to be “humbled” is not a call to self-denial, rather a call to become more dependent upon God for help and direction. It is a call to be more willing to yield our lives to God’s will, even if his will is not what we would’ve written for our life.
Surely, the believers in 1 Peter would not have wanted to face the persecution they faced, but it turned them toward their Lord, which in turn, ushered in peace into their life while en-route to being delivered by God.
“The powerful hand of God” is a call to remember our Christian heritage and specifically, all the great, mighty, and awesome acts of deliverance God’s people have experienced under his powerful hand. God’s faithfulness in the past brings about comfort and a calmed spirit in our lives in the present.
2 – “the powerful hand of God” in our verse here calls the Christian to remember their history and specifically the story of Exodus and the mighty acts of deliverance which took place under God’s powerful hand.
“At the proper time” (ὑψώσῃ ἐν καιρῷ) gives us great hope in facing a hard time in life. It’s shows us there’s a guarantee that God will lift us out (exalt us) of our situation at some point, that indeed, light dawns in the darkness for the righteous” (Psalm 112:4). The “proper time” may not be when we expect it, nor when we would prefer it, but God has assured us, our deliverance is coming.
The “proper time” also calls our attention to our Ultimate Hope in the Lord, that one day we will step into his presence.
3 – Deliverance has been guaranteed and it will be granted by God’s mighty hand.
4 – We can be encouraged to know as God’s children we have an ultimate deliverance which is coming one day, and thereupon, all trials will be over!
As children of the King, the One True God, we are a people who are eternally indebted for so much. Thus, seemingly speaking, everyday for the Christian can be a day of thanksgiving. And at this, an attitude of thankfulness should be a hallmark of all believers. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and I hope you and yours have a great one this year, thanking the Lord for a litany of differing things, even the trials we have faced and may be facing even now.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Hutchesons.