The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. (Psa.116:6)
There is something reassuring and comforting about one who will seek to get level with you to speak or make eye contact. When I really want to convey something to my children, I will often stoop or kneel down so that we are eye-to-eye. Here is where the idea of looking down your nose at someone comes from. It is as if the other person is beneath you, that you are too good to stoop down to meet them where they are. We don’t like when others look down at us or are condescending toward us. We should not be this way toward others, either. One word for grace found in the Old Testament carries with it the idea of bending down or stooping. God came down in the form of his Son to meet us, to look us in the eye, to talk to us face-to-face. But, unlike a pat on the back and a wish that things get better for us, God is willing to lift us up to where he is! The Father is not just stooping down for a photo op for Facebook; He is wanting to clean us up and raise us up (Eph.2:6)! There are a lot of people out there that have been knocked down by life. Rather than passing by or simply reaching down to them with some token handout, let’s take the time to bend low and look them in the eye. Let’s lead them to Jesus so that they can be raised up above all of the dirt and filth that life slings at us. Let’s humble ourselves, because God humbled himself to reach out to us.
“Father, thank you for your grace that we do not deserve. Thank you for showing us the fullness of your grace through Jesus. Thank you for lifting us up in him. Help us to humble ourselves so that we can lead others to your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”