I don’t think I’ve ever considered the severity of the humility God suffers in loving me. I know He asks me to be humble and He values humility, but recently I began to think of the extreme humility He suffers every day He involves Himself in my life.
I mean, He is God. I am like the grass that withers away. He creates universes, I create stress. He delivers, I get lost. He speaks penetrating words, I babble on endlessly. He always does what is right; I sometimes do a right thing, but only after He has shown me, enabled me, and then blessed me for my obedience. I really cannot explain in words what a rip-off God’s and my relationship is for Him.
What does He get from my sometimes, and only-with-His-help obedience? How does He pump Himself up to be let down again today when He has put so much into teaching me and instructing me and helping me? Why haven’t I got it by now?
And I’m not the only one who is disappointing Him more than a little every day. How can God handle the contempt we show for His Word and His promises? How can He endure us when we ignore so great a love?
God is love and God is humility. To truly love another person, you must humble yourself. Love focuses on the other and denies self, which is humility. God not only demonstrates humility, He invites us to know the joy this blessed character quality brings to our lives.
Nothing makes him happier than a soul that is truly humble. It is a favorite characteristic that God loves so much. David, a man after God’s own heart, knew this key to God’s heart when he wrote, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
It takes great humility for God to stoop to love me. It takes great humility for me to begin to grasp the degree of God’s love. He loves me. Not because I am lovable, not because of what I can do for Him; He loves me because He is humble enough to keep His focus on me rather than on who He is or what He deserves. Jesus was humble when he did not consider that being God was a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6), and the Holy Spirit humbles Himself by coming to dwell in my soul. God’s humility is no small feat. His humility is the grandest, greatest, most overwhelming, awe-inspiring, impressive, unbelievable, dramatic, inconceivable attribute. The fact that God loves me is a humbling thought, but not near as humbling for me as it is for Him. I am truly humbled by God’s humble love.