Follow God, Not Yourself
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7)
Peter, writing to Christians suffering persecution, discussed how they should conduct themselves in the midst of a world that rejected God.
He began by telling the younger to submit themselves to the elder. He wasn’t talking about someone who is chronologically older. Elder refers to the pastor or leader of a congregation. In our self-important, self-exalting, and self-focused society, no one wants to be subject to anyone.
However, Peter told us that God resists the proud. You don’t want to be in a position for God to resist you. You want God to help you. The good news is that God says exactly who He helps in the next phrase: God gives grace to the humble.
When you are prideful, you see yourself as the center of attention and power. When you are humble under God’s hand, He gives you grace. Grace is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
When you are prideful, you’re also stressful, because you’re trying to figure everything out in your own power. When you are humble under God’s hand, you give your cares to Him.
When you follow God’s wisdom and not your own, when you follow God’s direction and not your own, when you follow God’s plan and not your own, He shall exalt you to a new level in His timing.
Practical Application – Before you make that big decision, go to prayer. You don't want to follow your wisdom; you need God’s. Spend time in prayer before you make any serious decisions so you will obey God, not yourself.
1 Corinthians 1:20; Isaiah 55:8