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Divine Modesty

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wpid-DAILY-THOUGHT.jpgThere are a few scriptures that show God’s modesty towards us, and perhaps naively show God as ‘vulnerable’, this of course not being true.

Genesis 6:6 “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain”

It is a very modest thing to admit a mistake or failure. I do not believe God made a mistake in making man, but he expresses ‘seemingly vulnerable’ feelings about this, like when we know we have made a very difficult choice and reflect hard on it.

Genesis 18:32 “Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”. He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.””

What is amazing is that Abraham had started at 50, and bargained God all the way down to 10. God actually changed his will and decision in accordance with Abraham’s wishes.

Jeremiah 3:7 “I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it”

Where this looks like God lacked knowledge, the original text reads “I told her to return to me but she did not”. Regardless, it shows that God did not get what he wanted, he relented his own desires for the sake of their will.

1 Peter 5:3 “…not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock”

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How amazing that even though God is Lord of Lords, he does not lord himself over us. Like the Hotel Manager from the movie Pretty Woman, he shows modesty and humility towards us despite his authority.

Philemon 1:8-9 “Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love…”

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