Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb… (Luke 24:12).
Something changes in your heart when you have been humbled by God. I imagine Peter experienced a similar feeling after his denial of Jesus. You see, Peter, just let me, understood that being humbled by God, dethrones us and unmasks our pride.
Pride is a terrible tool in the hands of those who have not learned to tame it through humility. Sometimes, in order for us to grow, God has to take a sledgehammer to our pride so we learn one of life’s most valuable lessons, that He is God and there is no other.
You see, when God dethrones you, I mean, really dethrones you, unmasking pride and humbling you to the core it really does change you. I know, at least for me, as I’m sure it did for Peter, you live with this deep, raw, awareness of your own personal sinfulness. You are much more keenly aware of your imperfections and your deep need for the overwhelming and undeserved grace of God.
You see, I think, when everyone else stood by in unbelief over the empty tomb, Peter, having been humbled by God, understood something about God that before He had chosen to dismiss. You see, Peter became convinced, as I have been, that He is God and there is no other. Truly, nothing, and I mean nothing is impossible with God. That’s easy for us to say, but to live this out means letting go. It means living with an awareness that more often than not we wrestle with doubt, fears, and deep insecurity.
Therefore, we must live in that tension, submitting our own worries, doubts, and fears to the living God. When we do, He rises up and offers us grace. He gives us faith that can change the world as we cling to Him with all our lives. Truly, He is a mighty Savior who takes messy people and uses them for His glory.
Lord, you are so good. Truly, there is none like you. You are the love of my life. There is no one like you. I love that you are my Savior and my friend. Thank you for humbling me. Thank you for changing my heart and making me new. May I never go back to the old me, but may I always live dead to the old woman in me, so that Christ might be glorified, in Jesus name, Amen.