“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
I love this verse, and the God it describes. He rightly lives in the heavens – a place of purity, perfection, glory, truth, and worship. That makes sense. But it is stunning to think that God would then want to live with me. God does not speak of a visit, rather He wants to live with me, to dwell within me. (Surely, this is a demonstration of God’s humility.)
God loves the humble heart, and He is at home there. It’s his nature too. A humble heart carries the spirit of heaven – adoration, dependence on God, awareness of His supremacy and my smallness, and equality with all the other saints and sinners.
Halleluiah, I don’t have to be perfect! Be mature! Be a Bible scholar! Excel at good deeds! He wants me to confess my spiritual bankruptcy and neediness, grieve my sinful nature, and fear His holiness. This is when He delights to move in and start the extreme makeover.
The humble heart is soft clay in the Potter’s hands, the attentive lamb listening for the Shepherd’s call, the respectful child trusting the Father. God rescues the humble, guides and teaches them, rewards and blesses them, and best of all – communes with them. Intimacy with God starts and ends with humility. Selfishly, I am motivated to pursue humility so I can experience more of God. I wish my motive was more about preparing an environment where God feels welcomed and wanted.
So I am compelled to ask the Lord: Where am I seeking my own agenda? Taking credit for the gifts you have given me? Still acting in self-sufficiency? What sin am I tolerating? Rationalizing? Ignoring? How have I dishonored my sisters and brothers?
Lord, make my heart a home where you are blessed to live.
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