Theme: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD
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 hecareth for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6, 7.
Comment: It is God Almighty Who raises people in due time; it is therefore not wise for people to be hasty and to exalt themselves above measure. See 1 Chronicles 29:12; 1 Samuel 2:6.
Abigail the wife of Nabal demonstrated humility in good measure when, in contrast to her husband’s haughty nature, she brought herself low to pacify him, thereby preventing David from shedding blood. (1 Samuel 25:2-43) When the husband died, she got married to David and stayed by him in his various travails. (1 Samuel 27:1-3;1 Samuel 30:1-31) She was also by him when David was made king. – 2 Samuel 2:1-4.
The humility of the Canaanite woman as recorded in Matthew 15:22-29 was no doubt included in the gospel account for us to learn from. When our Lord Jesus Christ told the Canaanite woman that her request for her daughter to be healed could not be granted because she was not a Jewess, she was not provoked to answer in a rough manner but begged for the crumbs that would fall from the master’s table. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28) Indeed by “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” – Proverbs 22:4.