We Are Taller When We Bow

“But on this one will I look: on he who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word” Isaiah 66:2

When was the last time your heart trembled at God’s word? Or how about the last time God’s word reprimanded you in pointing out a sin or something harmful in your life? How did you react? Did you accept it with a humble heart and seek repentance? Or did you just get defensive and tune the reprimand out?

One with a contrite spirit trembles at God’s word because they know His greatness and his power. They recognize that although compared to Him they are nothing, yet He loves them so much, He thought it was worth sending His son to die on a cross for them.

They know of His great wrath against sin and unrighteousness, but they also know the warmth of His pleasure and the abundant blessings that arise from walking faithfully and obediently before Him. They are careful to listen to his instruction – even when He tells them they are wrong and must change their ways, because their trust runs deep.

We are taller when we bow.

–G.K. Chesterton

Humility seasons their interactions with others, because although they are sons and daughters of a King, they know their kingdom is one of service and being last, rather than first. They treasure their Bible because it’s their Father’s words to them and it’s their only source of information.

And when He makes them a promise, they stand in awe, already firmly believing that the words will come to pass in His timing. . . and it will be good, so, so good.

But they also know that if they lose their way, there will be consequences to pay for their disobedience and sin. Still, He always welcomes them back – no matter how stained, dirty, or wounded they are. And that is the root of their contrite spirit – that when they were nothing, He gave them everything.

So, bow down before your King, knowing there lies a true source of life. //


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