We are currently going through a series on humility, a virtue and character trait that is so essential but so rare nowadays, even in the church. We are examining three reasons why Christians need to pursue humility. We learned in our last post that God hates pride. Today we will explore the second reason: God delights in humility.
While God hates the proud, God is gentle and tender towards the humble.
In Isaiah 66:1-2, God delivers a jarring declaration of His transcendence. The Israelites had too small a view of God. They thought that He was confined to His temple just like any pagan idol, that His power and presence was limited by this building.
Thus responded the LORD:
“’Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’declares the Lord.”
Those are mind-blowing words. Even the universe cannot contain God, much less an infrastructure made of wood and stone. Contrary to the Israelites’ understanding, God is infinite and untamable, towering over all gods. As they stood speechless, in awe of Majesty, what God said next would catch them off guard.
“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
Immediately after this glorious self-revelation, God pronounced a blessing. Though He is magnificent, He looks upon the lowly with favor. God is pleased to grace those who bow before His transcendence. God’s message to the Israelites was crystal clear: humility is the only properly response to the revelation of majesty.
The Bible is full of examples of God dealing tenderly with the humble, those who tremble at His word.
The Bible is also full of God’s promises of blessing on the humble. These are just a few.
All these promises are given to strengthen our resolve to be humble. It is worth it in the long run.
Humility is the path to blessing. It is a sweet aroma pleasing to God.
Next week we will see that humility is an intrinsic quality of God Himself.