May 22, 2023

1 Peter 5:6 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. (The Message)

Remember Goldilocks? One porridge was too hot. The other was too cold. But the one in the middle was just right. One bed was too soft. The other was too hard. But the third one was just right. The above verse is about humility and I think it is a Goldilocks quality. Other translations render this verse “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” It’s not thinking poorly about yourself- “I’m such a loser, a screw up, too fat, too stupid. But it is not pretending you are at the top of some list you have created to feel good about yourself- I’ve got it together, making the grade, more attractive than. Humility isn’t about finding your right place among the rankings you or society create. It’s about getting off the list all together, knowing you were made by God and worth saving so that “God’s strong hand is on you.” You are not too this or too that. You are in your essence just right; the way God made you. “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs.


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