Dominion by Hand, Not Thumb

Friday, June 9, 2017

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5).

The word “mighty” is used only here, and is derived from a root word meaning “dominion.” Isn’t it amazing that the One who has all power and dominion—yet, has beings within that dominion who must be reminded to “humble” themselves before Him? Isn’t it amazing that those of us who have already “humbled” ourselves unto salvation—yet, must be reminded to continue to do so?

It is a witness in itself to the fact that “the mighty hand of God” does not rule with the thumb over us. We are not under His thumb, but in His hand. He does not keep us pressed down, but longs to “exalt” us, yet “at the proper time.” The word “exalt” means “to lift up” and stands in contrast to the word “casting,” which is used only one other time in the New Testament, being the same word to describe how they “threw” down their coats upon a donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem (Luke 19:35). We cast ourselves down, so that God will one day lift us up.

Lord, we are so grateful that we know You as the One with a mighty hand, instead of a mighty thumb. Help us This Day to submit to You willingly and completely. Amen.