Ask yourself this question:
When do I tremble?
And now these questions:
- As you look around the room you are in, what comes to mind?
- When you walk through a parking lot and look up at the sky, what comes to mind?
- When you begin your work whether that is at home at another place, what comes to mind?
- As you sit down to read your Bible, how do you feel?
Our Passage for today:
Isaiah 66:2 NIV
“Has not My hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “This is the one I esteem; he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My word.”
Do I Tremble?
I often take going to God’s Word lightly. The God and Maker of the Universe in all its vastness saw fit to write a book for me so that I could get to know Him and I take it lightly.
This is no ordinary book! It is literally the words of God. He told men what to say and they wrote it down, but He inspired and determined every word. How is it that I can approach it with a casual attitude? As I think about this I am ashamed of myself.
Oh God, please help me, help us, to tremble at Your Word! As we open our Bibles, the love letter that You wrote to us, help us, Lord, to tremble… to stand in awe or even fall on our faces. Please help us not to take it lightly.
Let’s go to the verse:
“Has not My hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.
Consider the questions at the beginning of today’s entry. Take a moment and look at your surroundings. Now, look out the window. Let’s consider this for a minute: Everything, absolutely every single thing that you see was made by God or made with things that were made by God. Even the energy used to make the “man-made” things was provided by God. He is truly the source of all we see.
“This is the one I esteem… “
If you have a desire to please God; to bring a smile to His face: to make Him say, “This is the one I esteem… ” get ready!
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
“But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard… “
The next part of the verse:
“…he who is humble… “
When I think of the word humble and what it means, I think of keeping myself in an attitude of complete dependence on God for everything. We are, whether we will admit it or not, completely dependent on Him for absolutely everything. He controls our next heartbeat and the next breath our lungs draw in. The energy we use to work and/or earn money to buy food and pay rent or a mortgage is from Him. The position I have to go and earn that paycheck and the money used to pay me is from Him. Keeping our complete dependence on Him in mind will keep us humble.
Being humble is also realizing that I do not have all the answers. Actually, I don’t have any answers. The answers are His too. He is God and I am not. A dear pastor friend of mine often said, “You are God, and I am not and I need You again today.”
Recognizing and acknowledging our need for God and our dependence on Him is the key to humility.
The Next Phrase
“…and contrite in spirit… “
The Amplified Bible uses the word broken. Think of a horse that has been broken in training and will now follow the lead of the one who has control of him. Do we allow God to lead and control us like that well-trained horse?
God is holy. The word holy means spiritually perfect, sinless, having no flaw. God is holy.
We are selfish, sinful, flawed people. We desperately need to understand the difference between us and God. Though we were made in His image, the differences are great and obvious.
- We are made of dust; He is majesty.
- We are finite; He is infinite.
- We are flawed; He is flawless.
- Our righteousness is as filthy rags; His righteousness is completely perfect.
- Our beauty is superficial and fleeting; His beauty is radiant and everlasting.
An Honest Look
As I take an honest look at myself and I think of God in all His holy perfection, I am in awe and I want to bow my head before Him. How huge is it that this awesome, holy, beautiful, perfect God allows me to be near Him?! It breaks me that He wants me near Him. How can it be possible that He wants selfish, sin-filthy people like us close to Him? I am overwhelmed.
Do I Tremble?
“…and trembles at My word.”
Thank You, Lord, for Your word! Oh Lord, may we get a clear perspective on who You are and a clear perspective on who we are. Help us wrap our minds around the huge-ness of You allowing us to know You and even be near You! Please help us to see what an amazing thing it is that You have given us Your Word. Help us, Lord, to tremble at Your Word. Please make us completely Yours. We love You, Lord. In Jesus beautiful name I pray. Amen.
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