2 The Sphere Of Humiliation
Thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.” Mark 9:22
time of exaltation we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they
are where it is neither beautiful nor poetic nor thrilling. The height of the
mountain top is measured by the drab drudgery of the valley; but it is in the
valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the
mount, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the sphere of
humiliation that we find our true worth to God, that is where our faithfulness
is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at the heroic pitch
because of the natural selfishness of our hearts, but God wants us at the drab
commonplace pitch, where we live in the valley according to our personal
relationship to Him. Peter thought it would be a fine thing for them to remain
on the mount, but Jesus Christ took the disciples down from the mount into the
valley, the place where the meaning of the vision is explained.
canst do any thing . . .” It takes the valley of humiliation to root the
scepticism out of us. Look back at your own experience, and you will find that
until you learned Who Jesus was, you were a cunning sceptic about His power.
When you were on the mount, you could believe anything, but what about the time
when you were up against facts in the valley? You may be able to give a
testimony to sanctification, but what about the thing that is a humiliation to
you just now? The last time you were on the mount with God, you saw that all
power in heaven and in earth belonged to Jesus – will you be sceptical now in
the valley of humiliation?