God Stoops to Conquer

8 Nov

It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose him as an alternative to hell. Yet even this He accepts. The creature’s illusion of self-sufficiency must, for the creature’s sake, be shattered. And by trouble, or fear of trouble on earth, by crude fear of eternal flames, God shatters it, unmindful of his glory’s diminution…

I call this “divine humility,” because it’s a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us, a poor thing to come to him as a last resort, to offer up our own when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud, he would hardly have us on such terms. But He is not proud. He stoops to conquer. He would have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to him, and come to him because there is “nothing better” now to be had.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

The Problem of Pain, HarperOne, 2001, 95-6

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