The King Likes to Come in Disguise

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 43

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

–Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)

Those who rely on their senses to judge things miss the priceless treasure such things contain. But the soul enlightened by faith lives by a completely different kind of judgment. Imagine a king arrives for a visit, disguised as a common man. If you know he is the king you will treat him differently than would someone else, who sees only his outward appearance. It is the same for someone who sees the will of God in the smallest of things, in things of sorrow and of death. He receives everything with equal joy, celebration, and respect. He will open wide the door and receive with honor that which others fear and flee from in horror. If the royal entourage is small, the senses will scorn it. But the heart sees past this lowly appearance and pays it all the respect due to royalty. The more the royal majesty humbles itself, concealing itself in smallness, the more the heart is touched with love for it.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

So much enjoyment of God is forfeited simply because we judge things by appearance. We not only fail to appreciate the people God sends us, but also the circumstances, the situations, and the magnificent, majestic present moment. This kind of judgment is a great stumbling block to living in the holiness of the here and now.

Yet God has made it clear that this is how he works. He clothes his greatest treasures in humility. He sent the everlasting King of Israel into the capital city riding on a donkey. And he told them, through the prophet Zechariah, what to look for—five hundred years ahead of time!

Do not underestimate the power of this stumbling block. It is only by humility and teach-ability that we overcome our prejudice and spiritual blindness.


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