Day 8 meditation reveals that humility is the key to living in grace.
The most significant principle in Christianity for the believer is the reality that abundant life is a production of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the secret to living the abundant life in Jesus Christ is the yielding of the believer to the Spirit which dwells within him. Just as Jesus humbled Himself to do the will of the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 6:38; 14:10), the believer also must live a life of submission to the Holy Spirit. Peter, in his writings, gives insight to the humbling of the believer. He writes, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God . . .” (1 Pet. 5:6). He also states that the believer should “. . . be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Pet. 5:5).
Day 8 meditation is the believer girding himself with humility to find the pathway to grace.
The word clothed is translated from a word which referred to the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the girdle of the vest and distinguished slaves from free men. The idea behind clothed is the fastening of two things together or to fasten or gird on one’s self. Thus, what Peter is saying is that the believer is to gird himself with humility as his servile garment. The believer is to put on humility like he puts on a garment. He is to clothe himself in humility.
Peter, though the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, chose a term to designate this putting on of humility that literally implies servitude. In other words, the believer puts on humility by being under subjection to someone else. For the Christian that someone else is the Holy Spirit. Humility is, therefore, the state of the mind that will allow a believer to yield himself to the Holy Spirit.