Today, I am excited to be participating in a blog swap with Lisa Phelps. You can find me writing today over at her lovely blog A Moment With God. After reading the encouragement she shares with us today, please take some time to check out Lisa’s blog and get to know her. I’m so thankful I did!
“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b.
Here I was just sitting in my chair, reading my Bible and minding my own business, when I stumbled across this verse. I’ve read it before, but this time it really grabbed my attention. God is talking about the person He will esteem (to set a high value on or to regard highly). I want to be esteemed by God, so I decided to study this further. I see three things God is looking for:
- A person who is humble (not proud or arrogant; having a spirit of submission). I can handle that. Most people would say I am not prideful. Of course there’s room for improvement, but I would give myself a passing grade on that one. Sounds a little prideful, doesn’t it?
- A person contrite in spirit. What does contrite mean? That’s not a word we use very often. I looked it up and the definition is: grieving and penitent (feel regret) for sin. Wow! Do I grieve over my sins or am I just sorry I got caught? I have to be honest here and say I don’t grieve over my sins enough. I’d like to say that’s because I don’t sin or my sins aren’t very big. But they’re big enough to grieve God. Sin causes separation.
- A person who trembles at God’s word. I love reading the Bible, but does it make me tremble? Does reading God’s Word bring about change in my life? “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,” Hebrews 4:12 The scripture goes on to say it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. That’s enough to make me tremble.
Lord, make me a person You will esteem; a woman after your own heart. May I always be humble and contrite in spirit. May Your word be my daily bread and bring life to my soul. I desire to be used by You. Create in me a new heart and make me more like You. Amen
About the author:
Lisa Phelps lives in Kansas with her husband of 21 years, her three children, two dogs and two cats. She is a pastor’s wife, worship leader, Bible study leader, sister, daughter, friend and child of God. Lisa is passionately in love with Jesus and loves writing about the things she is discovering in her walk with Him.
Thanks, Eileen, for giving me the opportunity to share today!