Daily Reflections

Battle Array

October 23, 2020 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5

When you pass a police officer on the side of the road, do you find that you’re a little extra careful to do everything just right? There’s something about the uniform that impresses us. But God is far more powerful than any police officer.

First Peter 5 says that God resists the proud. When you dig a little, the idea here is that God is in “battle array” against the proud. Kind of like that intimidating, uniformed police officer with his gun drawn.

But there’s good news. First Peter goes on to say that “the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (5:10). Like a police officer responding to a call, God comes to our rescue when we humbly cry out to Him.

Humbling yourself in prayer is like dialing 9-1-1. But if you try to handle things all on your own, you might be facing the resistance of the toughest, strongest Person you could ever imagine.

Make it Personal

If you’re facing a difficult circumstance today, humble yourself before the Lord in prayer and admit your need for His help.