Humble People Find God in Humble Circumstances

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 13

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

–Matthew 11:25-26 (ESV)

To those who are small, God reveals himself even in the smallest of things. But as for those who are great, and who care only about appearances, they cannot find him even in the greatest of things.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Most of the moments of your life are not great. They are not significant spiritually or in any other way that you can measure. Yet God himself is hidden in each of these small moments. He is hidden, that is, only from those who do not know how to find him. The fault is theirs, not his. Jean Pierre de Caussade calls such people “the great..who care only about appearances.”

You may not think that you are acting like one of these so-called great ones, but your reaction to the mundane moments of life will reveal it. Are you waiting for some greater moment to fellowship with God? Perhaps the present moment does not seem worthy of his holiness. Perhaps it seems beneath the dignity of God. But it is not God who rejects the small moment, it is you. It is you who find it to be beneath your dignity.

This is a remarkable position we often find ourselves in, that our standards are higher than God’s! They are not really higher, however, just different, distorted, utterly foolish and ignorant. We must continually wake up, and return to the state of childhood that Jesus spoke of (for he was not speaking strictly of physical age) when he said that God has revealed this things to little children. God will see to it that this awakening happens for you. If you remain on this path, you will be humbled into childhood again and again.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.