Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6, NLT).
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” It seems ironic how closely the words of Peter and Mr. Lincoln mirror the situation we find ourselves in today. We live in a society that no longer feels the need or desire for divine intervention or involvement. We feel as though we are too smart, too advanced, and too capable to need God in our lives. Our national motto has gone from “In God We Trust,” to “In ourselves we trust!” What we really need in our nation today is a little bit, no a lot, of what both Peter and Mr. Lincoln are suggesting. We need a huge dose of humility, and for our own sakes let us hope that it is self-humility and not divine imposed humility. As the Lord spoke to Solomon “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Oh Lord, teach us humility before you find it necessary to humble us!