Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, August 8, 2021


Text: “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: 6, 7.

Comment:  Humility is defined as the quality of being modest or respectful or the quality of not thinking that one is better than other people.  No one can be a Christian without being humble. And Christ taught his disciples a great lesson in humility by washing their feet.  He followed up with an exhortation to his disciples to also wash one another’s feet. (John 13:1-17)  Apostle James stated that God  resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  He added: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James  4:10) People of God should continue to do righteousness, even if things are difficult for them as time would come when God would lift them up by His grace.  – Isaiah 57:15.

A simple but practical example of humility given by Jesus Christ is conveyed in his instruction that when we are at a wedding,  (or any function) we should not choose the chiefs seats by ourselves,  but rather should “go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher”.  This is more respectable than being asked to leave a more exalted seat for a lower one.  “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”.  – Luke 14:7-11.