Bow Down; Be Lifted Up (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

28 Jul

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
July 28
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.

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2 responses to “Bow Down; Be Lifted Up (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

  1. havefaith007

    July 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Amen. That’s one of the hardest lessons for us to learn. Because of my foolish pride I have to ask the Lord daily to help me to be humble so that I can be a better servant of His in this world. I’m glad that God is in charge of the time we get honored, because if we were in charge of that we would quickly lose our humility when it comes to us. God knows when we can handle this blessing so that it doesn’t affect our humility. As much as I want to be honored, I will wait for the Lord’s timing because it will be worth it in the long run.

    • forhisgloryandpraise

      May 28, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Thank you for sharing your heart. As we know when we are honored on earth we have received our blessing. It is far better to wait and be honored in heaven by the Lord God, because that is the greatest blessing we can receive for what we do for him. When I do things, I try to remember two things…1. Do it for the Lord and not for men, 2. Store up my treasures in heaven where they won’t rust or erode. That is what helps me take the back seat and let his glory shine instead.


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