Michael and I love reading Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young every morning together. In one of our recent readings, the Scripture from 1 Peter 5:6-7 came alive to us: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's almighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you." Are you feeling "under it" in some way? Like your circumstances are pressing down on you and the pressure is making you feel anxious, unprotected or uncared for in some way? Or maybe just unable to connect deeply with God in the intensity of the pressure? As I read this Scripture, I picture the Lord's hand between us and the circumstantial pressure, which is coming down like a vice-grip on us. Until we PERCEIVE that His Hand is between us and that vice-grip, we can feel alone, unprotected, uncared for. All we want is that moment is for the pressure to end, to be "lifted up" out of it pronto!
Take a moment to calm yourself in the midst of the stress/anxiety and breathe in His Presence. Begin thanking Him for being with you, even before you perceive Him. Come to a place of peace and open your heart to Him, asking Him to show you where He is right now. When you are able to perceive Him, like seeing that HAND - His Huge Hand! - between you and the circumstantial pressure, the whole emotional/mental climate changes. You can experience Shalom in the midst of any circumstance - even JOY - because "in His Presence is fullness of joy!". As it says in I Peter 5:6-7, humbling ourselves under His Almighty Hand is the place to be,
Accepting Him like little children trusting their parents, believing we are surrounded by HIM, His Hand is resting upon us to calm us and reassure us, I AM HERE WITH YOU, child. Accepting the pressure and His Presence with us IN IT - that's the humility Peter is talking about here. We are praying for you to experience Him today, to feel His Hand upon you, between you and the pressure. Trust Him, He will be faithful to His promise, "in due time He will lift you up"!
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