We Rise of to God in Pride While God Descends to Us in Humility

The theology of glory sees God everywhere, in glory and in power, and presumes to ascend self-confidently to God by means of experience, rational speculation, and merit.  It is the religion of the natural man or woman.  By contrast, the theology of the cross sees God only where God has revealed himself particularly in the weakness and mercy of the suffering.  Only when we learn to despair of ourselves, to suffer our own nakedness in God’s Holy presence, to renounce our righteousness and listen only to God’s Word, are we enabled to recognize God as our Savior rather than our just judge and holy enemy.  We rise up to God in pride, while God descends to us in humility.  We look for God in powerful places; in health, wealth and happiness; in perfect families and prosperous nations, but God is truly to be found in weak things of the world.  In other words, we are talking about a theology for winners versus a theology for losers.

– Michael Horton

as quoted by Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 131