Who Does God Lift Up?

Most of us are aware of LifeCall’s slogan from the late 80’s and early 90’s. It goes “I’ve fallen… and I can’t get up!” In life, all of us fall, but can we get up. The ad campaign focused on the elderly who did not have the strength to get up. We all endure hardships in trials in life that are inevitable; however, many of our dismal times are the result of disobedience in our lives. Specifically, through His Word, God has outlined His expectations on how we are to live. Unfortunately, we are not overly concerned with what God wants when it conflicts with the deep-seeded and sinful desires of our hearts. When we rebel, there are consequences.

God Opposes the Proud. When we refuse live as God has commanded, we experience not only the negative consequences of our actions but God’s opposition to us as well. By our disobedience, we set ourselves in direct opposition to God. If we are fallen because of our sins, can we get up? Not on our own. We too must make a Life Call. 1 Peter 5 tells us

“God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.”

Who Does God Lift Up? That verse tells us plainly. The humble. As a consequence, Peter reiterates previous text that correctly assign to us an posture of being proud – too proud to follow the way, the truth and the life. In verse 6, Peter encourages us to make the Life Call

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

God lifts up the humble. When we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, He will lift us up in due time. First, we must humble ourselves to God not some thing or some one – only Jehovah. Notice, God will lift us up in due time. It is a time that He decides not us. Demanding God act or do is symptomatic of one whose heart is proud. He will not be helped by God but opposed by God.

There are a myriad of examples throughout scripture that evidence both principles. One of the most poignant examples is in 2 Kings 18-19. Sennacherib king of Assyria told the Israelites not to trust Hezekiah or Jehovah. Sennacherib wanted the people to trust in him not God for deliverance. He said, “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’” A less subtle example is in Acts 5. This is where Ananias and Sapphira attempted to garner praise by from the body of Christ and the leaders of the church by pretending to give all they had to the cause of Christ. Like Sennacherib, they too met an unexpected fate. Similarly, any one who fails to humble himself to God will also be opposed by God.

Who Does God Lift Up? The one who humbles himself before God. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. If you fail to humble yourself, you will recognize that you have fallen and can’t get up, but it will be too late to make that Life Call.


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