Under The Mighty Hand of God

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you …” 1 Peter 5:6
True exaltation comes from God and at God’s perfect time. The best thing we can do until then is to humble ourselves ‘under the mighty hand of God.’ The worst thing we may do, in this context, is to exalt ourselves as if God wasn’t mindful of us. The Bible has numerous examples of men and women who waited on God for the fulfillment of divine promises. It also reminds us of people who tried to ‘help’ God by taking matters in their own hands.
When we think of a man whom God exalted supernaturally, the story of Joseph comes to our mind. He paid a heavy price for sharing with his elder brothers dreams about his exaltation. Those dreams were not products of his imagination or vanity. God had revealed to him His plans for Joseph’s future. A day would come when Joseph’s brothers and parents would bow before him. That was inconceivable by any stretch of imagination – especially in an ancient Middle East society. Besides, his father Jacob took offence at the dream’s suggestion that the Patriarch would have to bow before one of his youngest sons.
After he was sold off to Egypt, Joseph had to silently endure injustice when he was falsely accused of molesting Potipher’s wife. Without a free trial, he was imprisoned in a special prison where Pharaoh’s prisoners were kept. There was no end in sight. Joseph’s dark days in Pharaoh’s dungeon extended to several years. What kept Joseph’s hopes alive during those dark years? Joseph held on to his God-given dreams. He knew that the God of his Fathers who had given him those hopes was able and faithful to fulfill those dreams.
Did God give you a dream? Are you now wondering whether there will ever be a fulfillment for those dreams? If the dream is from God, be patient and wait on God. Do not try to exalt yourself or to vindicate yourself. When you humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, you can cast all your anxieties on Him. In quiet trust and patience is your strength. Remember, the ‘hand of God’ under which you stay hidden for a while is indeed mighty – in fact, almighty!