From Fear to Faith - Part 3
Lord God, though I come to you as your child and cry out Abba father, may I honor you as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, giving you the glory due your name. In you is the kingdom and the power and glory, forever, amen.
Read: I Peter 5:6-7, NIV
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.””
America holds such fascination for royalty. The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton had as many fans in the United States as anywhere else in the world. Why is there such an affinity for the royals? Is it because we do not have the equivalent aristocrats here in our country? Is it because we see the fairy tale stories we read growing up being lived out before us? Perhaps it is partially because of the natural reverence and respect shared for a king and queen. When people come before rulers of a country, they often bow, giving honor to the one they are greeting. These rulers often wear crowns and when people approach them, it is often on bended knee and with great humility and respect.
Honor is often “bestowed” upon deserving servants by royalty. When people are “knighted” the king or queen may extend a sword or scepter and bestow on them a higher title than before, simply because the ruler declared it to be so. We as Christians serve the mighty God who is the Prince of Peace and the Lord of all! We are saved through the blood of Christ and believing on Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. While this makes us heirs to His kingdom, we are not to flaunt our status around. The price paid was more precious than gold…our savior’s own blood. With that we should come humbly before Him. When we approach Him humbly, much like when a person may be awarded a higher title, God lifts us up. If we come to him haughty, demonstrating our independence and lack of trust in Him, He will not “lift us up.”
James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” If we approach the Lord in humility, we show honor and thankfulness and a heart willing to please him. Matthew 23:12 says, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” God cares for us a great deal. Verse 7 of our reading clearly states this, but it is most apparent when we have a heart that is broken, open and ready for whatever God wants to do in our lives. We do not have to demean or put ourselves down. We just need to come to Him with a pure heart.
Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Through humility and love I come to you ready for you to make me what you want me to be. Teach me to honor you and serve you in all my ways, knowing you will care for me and lift me up.
Lord, thank you for being my Lord and Savior and for providing for all my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus! In you I live and move and have my being. You are my rock, my shelter, my king.