Isaiah 66:2b (NIV) “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
This passage grabbed my attention the other day and literally touched my Heart sincerely. It was Isaiah 66:2. It says, “These are the ones to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My word.”
God says, “This is the person I’m going to look to: the one who’s humble, the one who’s contrite or broken over sin.” This is God almighty! Who is the person He’s looking for? Is it you? Stop reading for a moment and ask yourself: Do I match the description of the person to whom God is looking? And here’s the part that really touched me. It’s that last phrase: the one who “trembles at my word.” When I read that I just started asking. “Oh, God, I’ve lost that. I don’t see Your Word like that.”
I don’t know if I was teaching it too much or just reading it too much or studying it in class or studying to put together a sermon. But somewhere along the line, I stopped trembling at Your Word. When you view the Word of God like that, you realize how much you need to listen, how much you need to act. I want to plead with you to read your Bible. But that’s not all. I want to plead with you to not just study the Bible, but to tremble at the very words of God. I have been praying for a people to rise up that would take the Bible literally and seriously.
I want to tremble the way Peter did. Peter literally trembled at the Word of God. Matthew 17 describes an incredible experience that Peter had: (Matthew 17:1-8) Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
Point to ponder: Can you imagine what it would have been like to stand on that mountain? Imagine you and two of your friends walking to the top of a mountain with someone you know, and then suddenly this guy’s face starts shining like the sun. You’d be terrified! And then two beings come out of heaven and start talking to him! Can you imagine how your heart would be pounding at that point? The Lord be with you today!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.