“Thus says the Lord: with heaven my throne and earth my footstool, what house could you build me, what place could you make for my rest? All of this was made by my hand and all of this is mine – it is the Lord who speaks. But my eyes are drawn to the man of humbled and contrite spirit, who trembles at my word”. (Isaiah 66:1-12)
My meditation today centres on the last part of the above passage; “But my eyes are drawn to the man of humbled and contrite spirit, who trembles at my word”. The Good News Translation (GNT) puts it this way, “I am pleased with those who are humble and repentant, who fear me and obey me”.
I choose refer to the GNT because it seems to put the message in a simpler form. In this last chapter of the Book of Isaiah, the Prophet gives us a message directly from God, which is what the Lord wants of us: “to be humble, to always be repentant, to fear Him and to obey Him”. Going further in the chapter, we see more directives from God but the fear of God, which manifests in obedience to His words is the centre of all worship and sacrifices we offer to God; “who trembles at my word”. This is the man after God’s heart.
Most times, we think of what we shall give to God. We plan on how big an offering we shall present to God for Him to bless us, especially, at these moments when the attention of most Churches and their leaders are mostly centred on offerings, tithes and all sorts of gifts such that they no longer preach repentance. To reap more benefits, they preach prosperity and their prayers and resultant miracles are centred on prosperity so that more would be given in return as thanksgiving. This has made us turn our attention to the material things we shall offer to God forgetting the purest of offerings He requires from us. Yes; our God is God of abundance and in Him we have infinite supply for all our needs; spiritual and material, but there is something He demands from us: “a humble and contrite heart”.
Be mindful that if you are not pure at heart, the priest may receive your gifts but God did not accept your offering, because it is not pleasing to Him. If we must make an offering to God, we must purify our hearts, for that is God’s dwelling place. We must be ready to offer him that offering he never rejects: “a humbled contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17)
Thus says the Lord: “my eyes are drawn to the man of humbled and contrite spirit (repentant heart), who trembles at my word (who fears me and obey me)”. This is the best offering you can make to God today; the best house to build for the Almighty, who made heaven and earth and enjoy His infinite blessings.
May we like King David pray today; “Create a pure heart in me O God and put a new and loyal spirit in me”. (Psalm 51:10)
– The Minister of Wealth Creation –