I read a short article this past week that got me thinking. God has made so many promises. When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He showed us how to live and walk in those promises. Plus Jesus gave us so many more promises such as: “I am with you even to the end of the age”; and “whatever you ask in my name, I will do it.”
It really boils down to belief. Do I believe the Father and Son and Holy Spirit really can do what they say in the Scriptures? Does the Word really mean what it says? Can I trust God to do what He promises?
The alternative is to disbelieve. This means that I am calling God a liar. I am saying that He really won’t or can’t do something. It means he really is not trustworthy.
When put this way, my actions and belief alternately call God a liar if I don’t believe and act on His promises or I call Him my Lord and Savior if I do believe and act on His promises.
I want to live a life of belief and obedience to His Word. My prayer for you and I is summarized in Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2).
“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isa. 66:2)
God is not impressed by good looks, wealth, intelligence, education, strength, or any other trait or accomplishment we humans esteem. We strive for these things. We look to one another by comparison to see if we look better, are in better condition, have accomplished more, have more wealth, bigger houses and so on. We look at the outward appearances and accomplishments.
But God looks at the heart and He knows. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows our motives, our character and what is important to us. He knows.
This verse gives me a priority on something different than the world around me. The goal or priority of humility before God and respectfully ingesting and obeying His Word.
No matter what my circumstances, accomplishments, or talents, I do have the choice. This verse shows me what is important to God – humility, contriteness and trembling at His Word.
I read in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians yesterday and was stopped when these words jumped off the page.
“…when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed…” (2 Thess. 1:10)
Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will be “marveled at.” I can’t imagine what that will be like but He will be a wonder, an astounding presence, and radiate majestic glory. We will be there and we will marvel. What hope, what perspective this brings.
I look forward to that Day but in the meantime, we can worship and adore Him. May I suggest that you take a few minutes to offer praise to Jesus for who He is.
In our world, we esteem the winner, the strong, the beautiful and the achiever. The Lord has a different value system.
“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa. 57:15)
Astounding that the Eternal One, the One who is holy, DWELLS with the contrite and lowly of spirit.
Are you feeling down today? Oppressed? Overwhelmed? The Lord dwells with you to revive you. This is an amazing reality.
Take a minute to pour out your heart to Him. He is near. He hears and is ready to revive your heart.