Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Daily Light - April 27, 2011

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
and who trembles at My word."
Isaiah 66:2

Isn't it amazing the things that people will do to get noticed? They will make drastic changes to their bodies to hopefully draw the eye of an individual. Some will dramatically change their behavior and their attitude in the hopes of getting attention. We have seen many in our society that act out in over the top ways as a ploy to grab the limelight. Others pretend to be shy and disconnected with the hope that someone will take note of them and reach out to them. Much of our lives are centered on trying to get someone else to notice us.
That brings up a question: who does God notice? Of course, God sees all and knows all. He is not fooled by the external things that we do or don't do to get the attention of others. As a loving God He cares for each of us even in our days of ignorance and disobedience. Thankfully, 2,000 years ago He noticed us on this earth when we weren't paying any attention to Him and He sent His Son to pay for our sins. However, when we say notice, who is it that God is nurturing and giving His special attention to?
Our passage clearly teaches that it is not the "glory hound" or the pridefully religious individual. God notices with His heart the humble and the meek, the one who realizes that without Him they have nothing. They are destitute of any goodness on their own without Christ. They stand before the Almighty a humble and broken individual. There is nothing that they pretend to hide from the One who knows all things, and they pour out their heart like water at the feet of Jesus Christ. There is nothing in this world that they want more than to hear the Father say in that day, "Well done!" They do not want fame, glory, or followers; they only want Jesus. They have come to a point in their life that they are satisfied with the little that they have because God is all that they desire.
These humble individuals long to know the Word. Yes, they long to read the written Word, but only so that they might better know the Living Word. They walk softly into the presence of the King seeking grace and mercy to help in their time of need. They know nothing of living the independent life, because they are completely dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ. These are the individuals that have the heart of God.
May you live to be noticed by Christ and Him alone today!

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