Day 291: A Contrite Heart (Isaiah 65-66; 2 Thessalonians 1)

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I’ve met few people in this world who embody Isaiah 66:2:

“But on this one will I look: on [her] who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word.”

Because when was the last time your heart trembled at God’s word? Or how about the last time God reprimanded you in pointing out a sin or something harmful in your life…how did you react? Did you accept it with a humble heart and seek repentance? Or did you get defensive and tune the reprimand out?

A woman with a contrite spirit trembles at God’s word because she knows His greatness and His power. She recognizes that although compared to Him she is nothing, yet He loved her so much, He thought it was worth sending His son to die on a cross for her. She knows of His great wrath against sin and unrighteousness, but she also knows the warmth of His pleasure and the abundant blessings that arise from walking faithfully and obediently before Him. She is careful to listen to His instruction – even when He tells her she’s wrong and must change her ways, because her trust for Him runs deep. Humility seasons her interactions with others, because although she’s the daughter of a King, she knows her Kingdom is one of service and being last, rather than first. She treasures her Bible because it’s her Father’s words to her and it’s her only source of information.

And when He makes her a promise, she stands in awe, already firmly believing that the words will come to pass in His timing…and it will be good, so, so good. But she also knows that if she loses her way, there will be consequences to pay for her disobedience and sin. Still, He always welcomes her back – no matter how stained, dirty or wounded she is. And that is the root of her contrite spirit – that when she was nothing, He gave her everything. So, she bows down before her King, knowing there lies her true source of life.

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