John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

No matter what circumstance you find yourself, know that it is for your good

A Covenant Prayer
“Exalted for You or Brought Low for You” – Part II

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-11

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

In yesterday’s devotional, we started the study of the part of John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” that gives the Lord permission to exalt us or humble us.

As I think about “being exalted” by the Lord, I can see it more clearly when I look back on my life. I did not think about “being exalted” at the time that it happened. That may be one way that the Lord keeps us humble.

The Bible tells us that one of the things that God hates is pride (Proverbs 6:16). The Book of James reminds us that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

Since we believe that God’s highest goal is for us to be like Jesus, He hides our “exaltation” from us even if others see it. We often do not see ourselves as those around us see us.

The wonderful thing about being part of God’s family is no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, we know that it is for our good:

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Take note of the phrase, “God causes everything.” There is nothing we face as believers that is not good or God is transforming it into something good. This promise is one of the reasons the Bible tells us to rejoice in the Lord always, not just when circumstances feel good to us.

God turns circumstances that seem bad into something good for us. If we can keep this promise in our minds, we really can rejoice in the Lord, no matter how bad life feels.

One of the reasons we struggle with this idea of rejoicing always is that many times we cannot see the good that God is doing. Sometimes the good God is creating has to do with our inner growth in Christ, of which we are usually unaware.

Another possibility of why we cannot see the good God is creating is that it may pertain to another person. God knows who we can influence in our lives by what we are going through. If people see us at peace with bad circumstances, they hopefully want what we have in Christ.

Remember, God does not expect us to have joy about our troubles, but rather joy in what God is doing through our circumstances!

Father, help me to always remember that You cause everything to work together for my good because I love You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.