It may seem strange to you that I would describe the God of Heaven and earth and the whole universe as humble. But let me ask you this question: Where do you think humility comes from? It comes from God, who commands us to be just like Him. Yes, like any loving earthly father, He wants His children to be just like Him. And part of His great holiness is that He is also humble in heart.
Years ago, as I was seeking the Holy Spirit to teach me about humility, I heard a minister use the term, “the humility of God.” He didn’t elaborate, but the Holy Spirit took those words and immediately began to teach me about the humility of the Father. It was so profound and yet it felt so strange to think of God Almighty as humble, but it struck a cord that resonated deep in my spirit.
When we picture God in our minds, we often see Him sitting upon the throne of His glory, highly exalted and lifted up, with myriads of angels lauding Him with thunderous voices. Proceeding from His fiery throne, we read that there are flashes of lightning and claps of great thunder. How can this One be described as humble? Yet He receives praise, worship and adoration from His created beings with all humility of heart – He humbles Himself to receive this praise and adulation!
One day the Holy Spirit took me to John 3:16, and showed me a beautiful aspect of the humility of God. It reads:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
As I pondered on these words, the Holy Spirit showed me that God humbled Himself to love the people of world. Then I saw how He humbled Himself to give those who least deserved His love the greatest gift He had – His only begotten son. Oh the humility of God, how infinite is His understanding and how unsearchable are His ways! Who can really understand the depths of His eternal being?
Now we need to understand that God’s love for us is unconditional. We did not have to do a single thing to garner His love. Do you know how humble you have to be to love and accept people just the way they are in all their sin and shame? That is the humility of love. If you read all the attributes of love in chapter thirteen of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church, you will see that each one is an expression of humility. Yes God is love, He is humble, and He expects His children to be just like Him.
Then the Holy Spirit took me to 1 John 3:16. It reads:
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
There He showed me the humility of Christ who came and laid down His life for us. He showed me the humility that He expects from us – that in the same way, He expects us to lay down our lives for one another! That is the humility of love, for love does not seek its own, but to always meet the needs of others.
God is a holy God who expects us to be holy as He is holy. He is also humble in heart and expects us to walk in that same humility. God is a God of love, and He expects us to walk in love. This means being willing to serve, to lay down our lives, and give of ourselves for one another in love.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]