I dare say that the majority of folks don’t want God to look at them. We are too messy. We have made too many mistakes. We have become too sinful to be seen by a holy God.
The reality is, however, that God does see us. He sees us each and every day, every moment actually. God is omnipresent and omniscient. He is everywhere and He knows everything. So, He sees us more than we can imagine!
We look at His creation and it reveals His Glory.
The tiny hummingbird that can reach speeds of 60 mph!
We see stunning scenery and we know it is God’s creative hand on display!
We look at the beauty of created creatures and consider why such a caring God would craft creatures with such beauty.
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah had numerous insights into the plight of mankind. Often, Isaiah would relay messages to the people from the Lord, whether or not the people wanted to hear or learn from those messages.
In the book of Isaiah, we read the following:
Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.Isaiah 66:1-2
Our earth is really nothing more than a footstool for God. Heaven is where He is enthroned. In this passage God is saying that He has made all things. God is reminding us that we are not the creative geniuses that we think we are. He is the creator, we are the creatures.
But far more than that, in this passage we read what is important to God. Remember, this is God speaking:
“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
Matthew Henry says this about Isaiah 66:2:
God has a heaven and earth of his own making, and a temple of man’s making; but he overlooks them all, that he may look with favour to him that is poor in spirit, humble and serious, self-abasing and self-denying, whose heart is truly contrite for sin, penitent for it, and in pain to get it pardoned, and who trembles at God’s word, with an habitual awe of God’s majesty and purity and an habitual dread of his justice and wrath. Such a heart is a living temple for God; he dwells there, and it is the place of his rest; it is like heaven and earth, his throne and his footstool.
We don’t need to fear God if we are washed in the blood of Christ Jesus and if we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. If we are humble and serious, self-abasing and self-denying, contrite over our sin and penitent for it, and desiring to get it pardoned, God will hear our cry and grant our request.
So, are you humble? Are you contrite in heart? Do you have an awe of God’s majesty and purity and a dread of His justice and wrath? If so, God calls you to rest in Him. forever!
Father, help me to cast away all the things that weigh me down and so I can look only to You. Help me to cast aside the material things of this world so I may partake of the spiritual things that You desire to provide to me.