There is an intangible goodwill that we do not own or control but can be easily earned with godly attributes and pleasant attitude. People generally gravitate towards precious things. The evidence of our preciousness in the sight of others is the attention we receive from them. That is why everybody loves attention. Of course babies loves attention. At times they put up a crying show to get one. Attention is paramount in the spousal and family relationship. It is cardinal in a relationship between friends or in any form of relationship we engage in on earth. If for instance we have a close association with any great personality in our society, because of this goodwill, people tend to gravitate towards us and desire to be our friends. When we get attention of others, we acknowledge it by saying, “We received a warm reception.” We can now understand how big a deal it is to have the attention of Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Most of the time we gloss over Isaiah 57:15, but this time, please take a critical look at the verse and reflect on the passage. “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15 KJV) There are two conducive places that was described in the passage that God Almighty, the High and Lofty One that inhabits Eternity can dwell. He dwells in a high and holy place as well as with a person that has contrite and humble spirit. That is why when we seek his face with contrite and humble spirit and in genuine repentance when we hear the word of God, according to His promise, He will come in and dwell with us. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Twenty years after King David was anointed to be the King in Israel in replacement of King Saul who disobeyed God, he finally got to the throne. He served under King Saul to fight Goliath, the renowned giant warrior of the Philistine. He defeated the giant. He became the armor-bearer to King Saul. Undue jealousy arose in the heart of King Saul, he sought to kill David. With about three thousand soldiers he pursued David to hunt him down. One night in a cave, God delivered King Saul into David’s hand when the king was sleeping. The entire security force of the king was also sleeping. Abishai, one of the men of David, offered to strike and kill King Saul. But David declined, saying to him: “Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless? Beloved, humility is not stupidity. Humility is not an indication of weakness, it is rather a great honor unto God in yielding to His precepts. King David was a portrait of a humble person who greatly trembled at the word of God. “This is the LORD’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2 HCS) No wonder, God testified to the characters of David and said, “… I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22 KJV)
The foundation of a genuine repentance is laid upon a solid rock of a broken spirit and a contrite heart. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17 KJV) The Merciful God will not reject the humble sacrifice of a genuine repentance. The comforting presence of Almighty God will surely manifest and make difference in the life of a broken hearted person to safe him and deliver him from all his troubles. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 KJV)
The Lord God Almighty honored the prayer of Daniel and He did not put him to shame in his ministry. He instantly dispatched an angel to bring answer to his supplication. A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed … Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” (Daniel 10:10-12)
Nehemiah was a cup-bearer of King Artaxerxes. In the agony of his spirit, as a result of the consequences of war that led to the broken wall of Jerusalem, he cried unto God in repentance of the sins of the Israelites and asked God for grace so that he might rebuild the city-wall of Jerusalem. In his supplication, he said: “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.” (Nehemiah 1:11 KJV) In the low estate of Nehemiah, the Lord God Almighty inclined His ear to his prayers and granted him favor in the sight of the king. The Babylonian king appointed Nehemiah as governor to the city of Jerusalem, funded the project and was able to mobilize the remnants of the Jews in the city to build and successfully repair the city wall.
If you are humble and of a contrite heart, the presence of Almighty God is closer to you than your imaginations. “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” (Psalm 138:6) His abundant grace is available to you if you embark on the mission of mercy that is designed to bring glory, honor and adoration unto His holy name. “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6) It is our desire that we may have the attention of our Father in Heaven. If we are in pursuit of the glory of God in humility and with a contrite heart, the Lord God Almighty, will have interest in our life and pursue and protect our interests.
Prayer: Oh Lord, You are the Lord that watches over the affairs of the whole world, your eyes searches all things even the secret things, I pray this day, let me humble myself before you in a contrite heart to engage in righteous and glorious things that will honor you. Let my ways be pleasing and attractive unto you, in Jesus name, Amen.