Greatness and humility — two characteristics that rarely reside together in one individual.
Psychologists know that most of us fall prey to a self-serving bias. When we do great things, we like to think its because we are so great.
God has His ways of breaking through that self-serving bias.
Look at Job — a man who lived long ago in a land called Uz. The Bible says that “he was the greatest man among all the people of the east.” (Job 1:1-3)
Then one day God examined Job’s greatness. He took away Job’s livelihood, his possessions, his health, and even his children.
How did Job respond? With a prayer: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. May the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
Later in chapter 9 Job contrasts the greatness of God with the finite smallness of men and concludes that to merely gain an audience with God, we need an intercessor — someone who can bridge that vast schism between God’s greatness and man’s smallness.
In His perfect plan, God has provided that Intercessor in His Son, Jesus.
As Job looked forward in faith toward the coming Intercessor, we can look back in history to the Intercessor who has come, and also look forward in faith with Job, knowing that our Intercessor will someday return.