The title “Our Humble God” probably sounds odd. I don’t think many of us tend toward thinking God is humble. After all, He is above all things. He is God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is! Look at what God says of Himself in these passages,
"Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and His Redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God." [Isa 44:6] "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that The LORD He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else." [Deut 4:39] " I Am The LORD: that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." [Isa 42:8] "I, even I, am The LORD; and beside me there is no savior." [Isa 43:11]
Clearly, God is not humble in the way most of us would think. God clearly and plainly and boldly declares He is The Greatest and The Only God – all other gods are vain and empty shells.
But look at what the Psalmist says in Psalms 113 of God.
"Who is like unto The LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!" [Psa 113:5-6]
That’s quite a statement, that God has to humble Himself to even look at things in heaven! Truly there is no one like our great God. And how much more does He have to humble Himself to behold things on earth! And then how much more to behold us and listen to us! And how much more to BECOME a man!
God is not like anything; He is not like an Angel, nor a tree, nor a man, nor a galaxy, nor an atom. He is Holy, set apart. Infinitely far away from every conceivable thing.
God has to humble Himself, bow His ear down, so greatly to hear us. So greatly that there is no comparable analogy. Think about humbling yourself to listen to a child, to listen to ant, a worm – think about accepting requests, prayers, from a child, an ant, a worm. God is so infinite none of those do Him justice. And yet, God humbles Himself to listen to us! What a glorious love we have in Christ Jesus!
And this is what makes Him becoming a man so beyond comprehension, so humbling.
These verses show us that God is not like anything else:
"Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" [Ex 15:11] "There is none like unto the God of Jeshrun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in His excellency on the sky." [Deut 33:6] "There is none holy as The LORD: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any rock like our God." [1 Sam 2:2] "For who in heaven can be compared unto The LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto The LORD?" [Psa 89:6]
Truly, Jesus manifests the “humbleness” of God magnificently through his incarnation and through His death on the cross. Paul writes of it in Philippians,
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God thought not equality with God a thing to be grasped: but emptied Himself, and took upon Him the form of a bond slave, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." [Phil 2:5-8]
Jesus humbled Himself greatly to become a man. And to become a man for eternity at that! What an incredible God we have who would choose to look upon us and love us and become us and die for us. And if that were not enough, He comes and dwells within us.
Have you ever thought about this glorious truth before? That,
- The God of all eternity humbles Himself to look upon heaven: something that we still haven’t the slightest comprehension of. The heavens of our atmosphere are still not fully known and figured out; the heavens of space are incomprehensibly large and mysterious; and the third heaven where God and the angels dwell is yet further, so high indeed, that Paul says that what he heard in heaven was “not lawful for a man to utter.”
- He humbles Himself further to behold things upon earth.
- He humbles Himself to become a man.
- He humbles Himself to dwell within our broken, feeble, sinful bodies.
It will take an eternity of learning and gazing upon Christ to understand these truths. What an Awesome God we have!
Jesus lowered Himself. He lowered Himself greatly. And because of that He is exalted. And we have an example from Him of how we are supposed to act. “…Mind not lofty/haughty things, but willingly conforming with the lowly. Be not wise in yourself.” [Rom 12:16] We are to let the same mind of Jesus be in us, not thinking ourselves above anyone but lowering ourselves. “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” [Lk 14:11]
And we get closer to God by being humble. “Though The LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off.” [Psa 138:6]
If God can humble Himself so greatly for our behalf, surely we can “humble” ourselves toward our brothers and sisters here on earth.