God is humble. Just think about that statement. God – is – humble. Such a notion is almost impossible to swallow. After all, if we were to build ourselves the ultimate all-powerful god from scratch, our god would certainly be proud. And that is because, in our native unregenerate state, we ourselves are proud. And we think God is like us, or, at least, should be like us. But, He is not like us. And strangely, He isn’t proud. He is humble.
Most of us have a difficult time admitting we were wrong in a simple matter of non-essential earthly calculation – whereas God, made Himself of no reputation, took the form of a bondservant, and came to this earth in the likeness of a man. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross (Phil. 2:7-8). This is startling. Especially in contrast with us. God who is all-powerful and almighty is humble. And yet, Eric Ludy who is zippo-powerful and zero-mighty has the audacity to (insert awkward clearing of throat here) think he is all that? Hmmm.
Forever and always, as the saints of God, we will be enveloped in a heavenly atmosphere of humility. It will be an atmosphere wholly foreign to that of this earth – yet, perfectly lovely. And God’s design is that we acclimate to this heavenly atmosphere right now. He asks us to humble ourselves, to deny ourselves, to pick up our cross, and follow Him. He beckons us to have this same mind in us that was in Christ Jesus.
God’s almighty, super-abundant, superfluously sufficient grace is available to us for the taking. However, the proud cannot access it. This grace is only able to be acquired by the humble.
So, I say, let’s bend our knees, acknowledge our need, empty ourselves of all our self-importance, and declare Him our Lord. For God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).
Casting all crowns at His feet,