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.”