July 17 – God Blesses Those with Humble Hearts

In the last chapter of Isaiah’s book, we read what God has been saying since the beginning of time: “My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine.  I, the LORD, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. But those who choose their own ways— delighting in their detestable sins— will not have their offerings accepted… When they burn frankincense, it’s as if they had blessed an idol.”   Again we see that God acknowledges our ability to make choices. He will also be faithful and deliver the consequences of our choices.

He is the One who rewards, and He is the One who executes judgment; a time is coming when this will all be clear.  Everyone will see the LORD’s hand of blessing on his servants— and his anger against his enemies.  So far, that final judgment time has not yet come.  That means we have today to choose to humble our hearts and serve the God who created everything.  We can seek Him and be blessed, or we can choose to delight in the detestable and meet God as an enemy.  The end of the Story tells us that God’s enemies do not stand a chance against Him.  Isaiah was a brave prophet and we would be wise to learn all that God wrote through this man of integrity. Isaiah himself announced early on that he was a man of unclean lips.  God cleansed him and used him mightily.  God can do the same for us.

Isaiah 66:2-3, 14b NLT