Who is like the Lord our God, that has his throne so high, yet humbles himself to behold the things of heaven and earth? (Psalm 113.5)
Just nine months to Christmas! Today is the traditional Feast of the Annunciation, marking the time when the ‘ordinary’ girl Mary became pregnant with the extraordinary child who was to be a colossal figure in world history – the man who was lifted up on a cross, looking down with the eyes of God and offering forgiveness. The idea that God is powerful is familiar enough – here the focus is on the humility of God, God side by side with criminals, God in the cemetery, God with us wherever and whatever.
“He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride. He that is humble ever shall Have God to be his guide.” (John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress)