TO THIS MAN WILL I LOOK
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isaiah 66:1, 2
God is the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of all that is. He abides in Heaven; and from there, He reigns over His creation. It is not as though He needs anything from us. God cannot be impressed by anything we might do or offer Him. It is an unwise individual who believes that we can provide anything for God that He could not manage without. God is completely self-existent and self-sufficient. Then, to what person would God look? What is it in man or woman that could gain God’s attention? The Scripture tells us, “to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” God is looking for those who demonstrate an attitude of humility.
There are certain qualities which God is seeking to find in His creation. He is looking for individuals with a spirit of brokenness, those who are meek and poor in spirit. Since God is searching for hearts that are humble, we can know that the Lord is not looking to those who are prideful. We are reminded again that our greatest adversary can be ourselves. Our sense of inadequacy and helplessness does not disqualify us from God’s attention and assistance. One cannot be so conscious of his limitations that God would consider him unqualified to receive His help. It is rather our self-confidence and independence that forfeits many of the benefits and blessings that God wants to bestow on us. It is arrogant and prideful for us to live as though we can manage without God. It pleases God when we are aware of our great need for Him, and when we are conscious of our incapability without Him.
God is looking for those who are hungry and thirsty for Him. He is seeking those who are desperate for His help, utterly dependent upon His grace and power, and “trembleth at my word.” Our Father is attentive to those who take the Bible seriously, reverencing the Scripture as His holy and preserved Word. From Heaven today, God is looking to those who love the truth and know how much they need Him.