An article heading from The Desiring God blog:
Mar 26, 2011 01:30 am | by Josh Etter
Isaiah 66:2 —
But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
That headline certainly got my attention!
Oh to be a man who is looked upon favourably by God! The amazing thing is that this passage describes something I can actually do, and you can also. In fact, if you are a Christian you have already done this, because what is being described in Isaiah 66:2 is childlike faith. The faith Jesus likes:
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 18:3-4 ESV)
Children know themselves to be small and powerless. They believe easily and take seriously what they are told about the consequences of disobedience. Childlike faith in Christ trusts Him because He is God, knows itself to be powerless against sin and genuinely trembles at the prospect of being a sinner without God’s favour.
I’m becoming more aware of the central necessity of such faith. My need to keep coming to the Bible in Childlike faith, awed by Jesus, desperate for His favour.
Gifts I have noticed recently (#701 – #709):
701) Coming home to pancakes after a night shift
702) A rebuke from the book of Proverbs.
703) My first run in a very long time.
704) Career clarity from the example of hard-working refugees.
705) King Saul and David reminding me of the value of music to my soul.
706) Patching up a daughter’s homework that was ripped by her baby brother.
707) Walking home from school with my girls.
708) A friend sharing his story in church.
709) Pastor John Piper.