January 4 Devotional

It seems like this time of the year we are bombarded with all kinds of schemes to get rich, lose weight, or become successful by many different means.  I am amazed that every day I check my email, I find out that I have won millions of dollars/pounds if I will just pass along my financial information to them!  My father always taught me, “If it seems to good to be true … it probably is!

 

I know for sure that when the Bible tells me God’s plan for success, I can depend upon that!  Peter offers some very wise advice that you will probably not see on an “info-mercial,” or even on one of the so called preaching channels on your television.  He wrote this, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (I Peter 5:6).

 

From God’s perspective of our lives, He touched Peter’s heart to pen these words for us to find the secret to advancing in this life.  It is not from promoting yourself.  It is not from lying, cheating, stealing and generally deceiving those around you.  Don’t be fooled by this old world and its spokesmen.  There is a way that seems right to man, but it will lead to destruction for sure.

 

I want God to approve of what I am doing.  I want Him to look at me and be well pleased.  When I meet God, I want to hear Him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”  The way to make this happen is found in this verse.  I must humble myself if I want to be exalted in God’s time.  I must have more of an eternal outlook on my life than simply a temporary, short-term look at where I am today.

 

I realize that God’s timing is far better than mine.  I know that just at the right time He will exalt me.  I want to warn you today as much as I can … the temptation for all of us is to seek the promotion and approval of those around us that we think are more important than we are.  I want to encourage each who reads these words to seek the approval and exaltation of our Heavenly Father.  He is the One Who has the power to give life and take it away.  I want to serve Him with a full heart today so that one day … in His perfect timing, He can exalt me.  I want to live this day in such a way that when I lay my head on my pillow, I can look to Heaven and see God giving me a “thumbs up” for this day.  What a great God we serve!

 

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.” – Adrian Rogers

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