Thus says the LORD:
“ Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the LORD.
“ But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.
After reading this verses from Isaiah 66:1-2, I felt a sense of God’s love and I am so amazed that as poor as we humans are, God as great as He is desires to fellowship with us. The first verse reflects on the greatness of God, God is so much bigger that the earth that it is like a footstool to Him. He made the earth and there is nothing that is on the earth that we can offer to God.
I remember how I used to feel so good after spending some time in fasting and prayers. I feel that I have giving God some “quality time”. But you know what? He owns all my time anyway. And this is true for those of us who love God and those who do not care whether He exists or not or even those that hate God. God still owns them and He can do whatever He likes with us. What of those times that I have given all the money I had to do the work of God and dedicated my life to doing the work of ministry. You one feels this wave of accomplishment as if God need to say thank you. This portion of scripture reminds me that there is nothing that I give to God that was not His own originally.
Do not misunderstand me, God delights in seeing us give back to Him what is His. He loves to receive our love from a willing and loving heart and it should give us joy when we please our God. However we must be reminded that there is no way we can give too much to God. And that when we give to God or to other in His name, we are only doing the normal thing. It’s not such a big deal. It’s a beautiful thing for sure but at the same time it’s the normal thing to do.
Now the kicker is in verse 2: The Lord – The great God, this God who is so much bigger than the whole earth, chooses to look (to consider, be interested, help, influence, challenge, heal) at one of us humans. But he has some qualifications.
One who is poor: You may wonder what it means to be poor in God’s estimation. To the one who owns the whole universe, what is considered poor? Can I suggest that every human being is poor with regards to God? And that this scripture is not necessarily talking about poverty where one does not have enough to live? Of course God is ready to help the poor man (in human terms) but I want to submit also that the multi-billionaire is poor in the sight of God if he or she is humble enough to recognise that before God they are poor and are simply blessed.
Of a contrite spirit: Other translations refer to this as a broken spirit; I have the feeling that its a spirit that does not see itself as worthy of God’s focus or attention. A heart that knows and recognises his or her frailty and weaknesses. One who is aware that who they are today is a product of God’s blessings and grace of good health and life. One who is willing to say I am sorry as soon as they recognise any tendency to boast or be proud.
Who trembles at My word: This great God is interested in one who trembles at His word. One who recognises that when God speaks – it must be obeyed because it is wisdom at the very best. One who recognises that the world was created by the Word of God. One who honours and respects the word of God. I see that as approaching the Bible with a desire to hear God speak. This does not mean that we cannot be critical in studying the scriptures, but that we let the Holy Spirit guide our critical reading of scriptures. Not only that, we commit ourselves to letting the word of God change us as we approach the Word of God.
Isn’t it glorious to know that God actually works in us and with us if we will be humble and submissive enough to let Him? I know the Lord has been working in me, on me and through me this past 20yrs and more and I look forward to more of His work.
Oh Lord help me to always remember that you own the earth and every one and everything that is in it. Keep me humble and grateful and let me never forget your greatness.