The Utter Humility of God

randomlychad  —  September 27, 2012 — 6 Comments

Forgive me if this isn’t clear, as it has come to me as in a mirror dimly. And like shower-fogged glass, it’s clearing slowly.
My wife and I were at a Bible study, and a question was asked: what’s the most stunning attribute of God? What immediately came to mind was: his humility.

The very notion stunned me.

I don’t know about you, but I have always thought of the Lord as high and lifted up. “As the heavens are high above the earth, so are my ways and thoughts high above yours” declares the Lord.

Very true–yet it misses the mark. Because the Incarnation was his idea! Follow me here:

God consented to humble himself to experience all that is to be human: by the Holy Spirit, he became a clump of cells in Mary’s womb, gestated for nine months, came wet squalling, naked, cold into this world. And was laid in a manger.

Because there was no room for God in the Inn.

He further consented to all the ignomimies of humamity: as an infant, he couldn’t walk, or talk–and soiled himself daily. Think on this!

The very Word, who called the universe into being by his word, couldn’t speak! (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”). The God who made it all, lying helpless in the care of people he’d made!

That is utter humility!

But he continued, and in a further display of his ways and thoughts being higher, further humbled himself to the death of a cross! The most ignominious death of that era–reserved for common criminals! (“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).

But his abject humility didn’t stop there, friends!

In a way, he abases himself still–for he daily deigns to relate to such as you, and me!

He bids us enter into the same kind of relationship he had with his disciples. He calls us friends.

The very God of the universe consents to conspire with us in the universe’s remaking! He humbles himself to converse with such as you and me, bids us enter in to him!

Behold the humility of your God!

Have you humbled yourself today to enter into him? Have you followed his example?

“Humble yourself in the sight of God, he shall lift you up.”




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  • Lisa Taylor

    wonderful post! wonderful insight! btw, i don’t understand how the stars button works, so i didn’t mean to give you -9 stars! i can’t fix it!

    • Thanks very much! Can’t claim them as my insights. God has been doing things in my life, challenging my sacred cows, bringing people, and books my way.

      No worries about the stars! Think I can fix that. 😉

  • seekingpastor

    Jesus certianly condescended and humbled Himself as He left the throne room of Heaven to occupy a manger. I try to humble myself daily--some days I’m more effective than others.

    • Matt, I would say that in way he continues to condescend daily to commune with us in ways we can understand.

      It is this which in refer to in writing of the the humility of God.

      He came down to lift us up. And he now calls us brother, and friend.

      I am all the more humbled by this.

  • Dang, Matt basically said that I was going to say. He left the riches of Heaven snd became poor. Incredible.

    • Isn’t it, though?

      And still, he makes himself known!