Monday, 26 June 2017

Questions and Answers (Fifteen): God Humbled?

QUESTION:
I've enjoyed your post routinely and for that I'm thankful to the Lord for your faithfulness. Today I've got a question as read this... What instance would God be humbled, and who are they? – KR, Homer, Alaska, USA

[Reference quote: They that know God will be humbled; they that know themselves cannot be proud. – John Flavel]

ANSWER:
Thanks for your generous and kind words.

"Humble" is not the word that would have jumped straight at me. However, I get the drift and it is not completely out of place. God is humbled by outright devotion and love for Him. His greatest gift to us is "The Power of Freewill." That is the greatest risk God took in creation. He gave the ones He created the ability to turn against Him. Wow! Why? Only because He wants a heartfelt, deep seated, freely given love and devotion in return. He would rather have nothing, than have less. Wow! What a risk? 
He [God] wants a heartfelt, deep seated, freely given love and devotion in return.
When we respond in choosing Him like He desires, it humbles Him. We see that in His response to Abraham, after he chose to obey God in offering Isaac. [Genesis 22:15-18; Hebrews 6:13]
Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice. (Genesis 22:15-18, NKJV)
We see it when David chose to build God a house. [2 Samuel 7:4-17] We see it when Solomon decided to rule God's people with a large heart. Hoping this helps. [2 Chronicles 1:11-12]
Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” (2 chronicles 1:11-12, NKJV)
In fact, the whole of Hebrews 11 details such occurrences. Hoping these help answer your question.


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