A Humble God
God is humble; a truth difficult to comprehend especially taking into account the fact that he is extremely powerful, majestic, and the creator and ruler of the entire universe; in fact of every single matter in existence from the smallest of the atom to the largest of the stars. How can a God having so much authority and power, being in the highest possible position , be humble?
It is quite simple to grasp the power and mightiness of God but equally complex to understand his humility.
Majesty and humility are two sides of the same coin, although they seem to be contradictory yet complement each other perfectly well and merge into perfect balance in the character of God.
What attracted me to God more than his majesty
was his humility and this knowledge also completely changed my perspective not only towards him but also towards the conception and understanding I had of his humility.
His majesty induced deep awe and respect in me but his humility struck a chord in my heart. His humility touched me and made me realize that the essence of God is deeply embedded in his humble nature. In fact humility forms not only the foundation of God’s character but is also the basis of his government.
A classic example of this is seen in the conversation Jesus had with “ the mother of Zebedees children “ Matthew 20:20 , who had an unusual request on behalf of her two sons, that they be granted, one on the right hand and the other on the left hand of Christ. Quite obviously the loving mother genuinely seeking to secure the highest positions for her children in the heavenly kingdom, had sadly misunderstood the functioning of God’s government. “ But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.” Matthew 20:22 .Here Christ was referring to the pain, suffering and death which he had to go through. But apparently they did not understand the symbolism neither the gravity of his expression” drink of the cup”. So He clarified further “ Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.” Matthew 20:23
Jesus read their hearts , he knew that their problem lay not in their loyalty or devotion but rather in their incorrect understanding of the heavenly structure. They were associating God’s government with the worldly government and wrongly applying the same principles of the hierarchical worldly system to the heavenly system.
Thus he immediately clarified the subject by revealing one of the most important truth about God’s heavenly kingdom and shedding light on the very character of God. “ But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” .Matthew 20:25-27
Christ turned the hierarchal worldly system completely upside down. And validated this by his own example, “ Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
Can there be a more befitting expression of humility than this where the Master , King of kings, the majestic Creator and Ruler of the entire universe, voluntarily undertook the duty of a servant to serve sinful humanity and to willingly be brought under the subjection of the forces of nature, he himself created ,even unto the point of death.
Praise , Glory and Honour of the highest degree to such a loving and humble God!
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