In the summer of 1941, Sergeant James Allen Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington bomber at 13,000 feet above ground to extinguish a fire in the starboard engine. Secured only by a rope around his waist, he managed to smother the fire and return along the wing to the aircraft’s cabin. Winston Churchill, an admirer as well as a performer of swashbuckling exploits, summoned the shy New Zealander to 10 Downing Street. Ward, struck dumb with awe in Churchill’s presence, was unable to answer the prime minister’s questions. Churchill surveyed the unhappy hero with some compassion.
“You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence,” he said,
“Yes, Sir,” managed Ward.
“Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours,” returned Churchill.
Churchill knew he was in the presence of a real hero. So did the disciples of Christ. In fact, they knew they were in the presence of someone whose significance went beyond celebrity, even beyond heroic. He was their Lord, their Master, their King, and the very Son of God. If we are wise, we too, will understand the greatest of our Lord and King. We must be humbled in His presence. Each time we pray, each time we admire the creation, each time we study from His word, and each time we gather to worship Him on the first day of the week we should be humbled.
“The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him” (Hab. 2:20). “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psa. 46:10).
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